The health of Mohamed Mahdi Akef, former supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, is in a “rapidly deteriorating” condition, according to the official website of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Akef, 85, was arrested on 4 July during a wide crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood leaders after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi. Six weeks ago, Akef was transferred to the Armed Forces Hospital in Maadi from Tora Prison when his health began to decline.
A spokesman for the military confirmed that Akef was taken to the Armed Forces Hospital because it was the nearest medical facility to the prison, but was unable to provide further details.
Muaaz Katatni, son of imprisoned Freedom and Justice Party Chairman Mohamed Saad Katatni, criticised the poor conditions for Brotherhood members in Tora prison. Muaaz claims that prisoners are held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day.
Akef served as supreme guide until January 2010, assuming the post upon the death of his predecessor Ma’mun Al-Hudaybi in 2004. He is scheduled to stand trial on 10 December for “insulting the judiciary and defaming its men,” stemming from comments made in April 2013.