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Egypt: Prisoner of conscience / health concern: 'Alaa Hamed

, Index number: MDE 12/033/1997

On 25 May 1997 a Cairo Appeal Court upheld a sentence of one years' imprisonment, a fine and confiscation of his book, al-Firash, handed down on writer 'Alaa Hamed. He is reportedly in poor health, suffering from severe stomach and kidney infections. Amnesty International considers 'Alaa Hamed to be a prisoner of conscience and his calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

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