4 October 1997


Jailed journalist Humayun Fur hospitalised in critical condition

Incident details

Humayun Fur



(PPF/IFEX) - Humayun Fur, the bureau chief of the daily
"Mashriq", who was sentenced five years imprisonment by the
military court on 9 September, has been shifted to hospital in
critical condition on Thursday, 2 October 1997.Fur, who is
suffering from hepatitis C and jaundice, has been in a
coma since noon on 3 October. He was taken to the hospital in
fetters where the doctors described his condition as critical.

**Updates IFEX Alerts dated 10 September 1997, 30, 15, 7, and 1
July 1997**

Fur's condition deteriorated in jail as he was not provided any
medical facility. His son, Humair Humayun, told a local newspaper
that he had repeatedly requested medical treatment for his
father. He showed his father's medical reports to the jail
authorities but they paid no attention.

It was only when Fur fell unconscious that a doctor was called
who advised that the patient be taken to the hospital
immediately. The jail authorities took three more hours to take
him to the hospital. Despite the fact that Fur was in a coma, his
fetters were not removed until the next day when the Interior
Minister, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, was approached.

The personnel of law enforcement agencies have not allowed the
family members of Humayun Fur to see him.

Background Information

Humayun Fur was arrested on 28 June by law enforcement agencies
on charges of being involved in anti state activities. He was
tried by military court and was sentenced 5 years imprisonment
after which he was shifted to jail.


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