On 26 July 2014 Mr Ahmed Salem Sayed Ahmed Salem, aged 49, father of five children, was arrested by State Security as well as Military Forces which raided his house and searched it. Mr Salem was not present in his house during the security crackdown. Upon his return, his family members informed him that security forces came seeking his arrest, so he went to Romana Police Station to question what had happened. Police officers in Romana Police Station told him to leave and return in the evening in order to explain why they raided his house and damaged its contents. In the evening, and upon his arrival at Romana Police Station, police officers arrested him, without an arrest warrant being shown, and transferred him to Arish, next day in the Morning.
On 27 July 2014, the prosecution interrogated Mr Salem inside Arish Police Station and accused him of inciting killing of police and military forces, convening secretly with groups, affiliating to a banned organisation (the Muslim Brotherhood) and distributing publications and opened case No 409 of 2014. The prosecution ordered his transfer to Arish Central Prison on the same day, where he remained until he died.
Mr Salem was imprisoned in a 6x4 meter cell with 39 other detainees with no ventilation, lightning or water for drinking. This has caused many detainees to have skin diseases and difficulty in moving as they are deprived from leaving their cell at anytime, and the place is very narrow to sit or sleep.
The health of Mr Salem, who was already very ill prior to his arrest, has deteriorated severely during his detention due to the poor and very bad prison conditions and the lack of medical care or medications given to any ill detainee.
Today, 22 September 2014, Mr Salem had a heart attack and fell on the ground inside his cell. His cellmates started screaming for help to save Mr Salem’s life. They then began banging on pans and metals to urge the prison administration to respond to appeals. An ambulance finally arrived and transferred Mr Salem; however he died as soon as he arrived at Arish Public Hospital.
It is worth mentioning that few days before his death, the court ordered his release on bail of 10,000LE, however the prosecution appealed against the court’s decision and he remained in prison until he died.