Egyptian doctors held as prisoners of conscience

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7040.1231b (Published 11 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1231
  1. Harold Phillipson
  1. Retired general practitioner 263 Tring Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1PH

    EDITOR,—I would like to draw attention to the outrageous fate of seven doctors in Egypt who were sentenced, on 23 November 1995 by the Supreme Military Court in Cairo, to between three and five years hard labour. These men were all members of the Muslim Brothers, an organisation which does not advocate violence; it publicly condemns violence.

    The doctors concerned are Dr Issam al-Iryan, deputy secretary general of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate; Dr Ibrahim al-Zafarani, secretary general of the Alexandria branch of the Egyptian Medical Syndicate; Dr Mahmoud Izzat, lecturer at Zagazig University Faculty of Medicine; Dr Abd al-Munim …

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