Prominent Nubian activist dies in detention in Egypt
CAIRO - The Associated Press
An Egyptian lawyer and an activist said a prominent Nubian activist has died in detention on Nov. 4
Sorour’s death was reported on Nov. 5 by prominent rights lawyer Ragia Omran and Sorour’s longtime friend and fellow activist, Haggag Oddoul. Omran says his funeral will be held on Nov. 5.
The Nubian activist died after being transferred to Aswan Hospital following a diabetic coma, the local media reported.
Sorour was among 25 Nubians arrested in Aswan in September for staging a peaceful protest. They were demanding the return of Nubians to their ancestral lands, from which they were evicted in the 1960s to make way for the lake behind the High Dam on the Nile.
His death is likely to renew debate about poor conditions in Egyptian prisons and lengthy detention without charges.