Senior Brotherhood leader in hospital for back surgery

CAIRO – Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Erian was rushed to prison hospital on Monday ahead of being moved to a state-run hospital for a back surgery.

"He was moved to the prison hospital after suffering severe back pains," al-Erian's lawyer Sayed Nasr told Anadolu Agency.

According to the lawyer, the jailed Brotherhood leader had been moved to the prison hospital several times in recent days.

"We are awaiting a decision to move him to a state-run hospital soon for conducting the surgery as the prison hospital is not equipped enough to carry out these surgeries," he said.

Prison officials could not be reached for comment.

Al-Erian, a medical doctor by profession, is serving one year in prison for offending the judiciary.

He is also being tried on a wide range of charges, including incitement-to-violence and espionage.

In his last court appearance, al-Erian asked trial judges to allow him to sit down due to his back pains. His lawyer later asked the judges to exempt him from attending the trials. The judges agreed to this request.

Al-Erian had been allowed to visit a state-run hospital in early May to undergo some tests. 

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