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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Man tortured to death by Egyptian police

Ahmed Saber Saad was recently tortured to death by Egyptian police, BBC News reported Wednesday.

Saad was tortured for three days and then dumped on the street in Giza. He died a day later from his injuries.

According to officials, Saad had been held on suspicion of drug possession. However, state prosecutors ordered his release, saying there was insufficient evidence against him. Police tortured him instead.

Egyptian Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has ordered an inquiry into the reports.

As the article notes: “The case follows the sentencing on Monday of two police officers to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a man with a stick at a police station in Cairo.”

“Human rights groups say that torture is endemic in Egypt because suspects are held incommunicado for long periods and police interrogations take place without counsel,” the article says, adding: “The Egyptian authorities reject this and insist that cases of torture are investigated and prosecutions sought.”

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