Egyptian Officials Say American Killed Himself in Prison ~ BEN HUBBARD and MAYY EL SHEIKH, NYT.
CAIRO — An American citizen who had been detained by Egyptian authorities for more than six weeks was found dead in a prison cell on Sunday in what some American officials said appeared to be a suicide.
Egyptian officials gave more detail, saying that the American, James Lunn, had hanged himself from the bathroom door in his cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia after being detained during a security sweep in the northern Sinai Peninsula in late August.
The death of Mr. Lunn is sure to raise further concern about the safety of foreign citizens held in Egypt’s jails, where right groups and former inmates say beatings, crowding and unsanitary conditions are common.
Last month, a French citizen arrested for violating an army curfew died while in custody; Egyptian officials said he was…
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