The father of detained Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein passed away on Tuesday, while his family called on the Egyptian authorities to allow Hussein to attend his father’s funeral.
Hussein, an Egyptian national, has been kept in a prison in Egypt without any charge for more than 1,000 days. He was arrested shortly after his arrival in Egypt in December 2016 while on a personal visit.
In September, Egyptian authorities turned down a request by Hussein to visit his ailing father. Egypt’s state security prosecutor’s refusal came just days after his family failed to secure his temporary release, despite having submitted all the necessary medical reports proving Hussein Jumaa, 74, was critically ill.
“No one responded to our calls for two months when we requested that my dad be allowed to see his ailing father for just an hour,” Hussein’s daughter Zahraa wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
“All we want today if for [our father] to be allowed to say goodbye to his dad and bury him,” she added.