The family of Mofid Abdel-Rahim Mashaal made an urgent appeal to intervene to save their son's life who is imprisoned in the United States and has contracted COVID-19.
The family said, in a statement on Sunday, that their son Meshaal has been imprisoned for 20 years since the end of 2008, having been a member of the "Holy Land Foundation" in Dallas. The members were accused of providing financial aid to Hamas in occupied Palestine, "which is completely incompatible with the reality."
The family confirmed that her son is currently being subjected to "cruel and inhuman treatment" in a North Texas federal prison after he and other colleagues contracted the virus from other prisoners.
According to federal records updated daily, 37% of inmates at the Federal Correctional Institute in Seagoville have contracted the virus as of Friday afternoon.
The family added that "his health condition worsened at midnight on Saturday. His temperature and blood pressure increased, and the oxygen decreased to less than 94, which puts his life in danger and at risk of death."
They stated that, as of last Friday, 668 prisoners were suffering from coronavirus in the same prison where their son is confined, stressing that they are "not receiving any kind of treatment, medical quarantine, or medical supervision."
The family explained that the prison administration only put the injured prisoners in one wing and "left them to their inevitable fate."
The family appealed to the US federal and the government authorities, and American and international human rights organizations; To provide the necessary treatment according to the approved medical standards and procedures for people infected with the coronavirus.
They also demanded the dismissal of the "unjust rulings" against Mofid and his colleagues, which have been implemented for more than 12 years, and their immediate release.
The family also demanded that they be morally and materially compensated for the period of arrest, trial, and imprisonment, and that their civil records be cleared, and that they are able to return to their normal lives and their professional and commercial work.