Rights group demands enquiry into torture of detainees
January 25, 2014 protests
 

The Arab Network for Human Rights Information demanded Tuesday that the public prosecutor launch an investigation concerning recent torture allegations from detainees pending trial in protest cases.

The human rights organization claimed several detainees arrested during protests have faced “consistent torture” by security forces.

Examples cited by the organization includes the testimony of Karim al-Beheiry, a journalist detained on January 25 while covering the revolution’s third anniversary protests. Beheiry told lawyers from the network that he was physically assaulted as he was being arrested and again inside the police station in October 6.

He was reportedly forced to stand next to arms and Molotov cocktails to have his picture taken and when he refused, he was beaten. The following day, he was summoned from his cell, blindfolded and interrogated by policemen about political activists.

Belal Khalil is another case, whose father testified to the network that he was also randomly arrested in downtown on January 25 while shopping. Khalil, a student in the faculty of nursing, was also beaten up during his arrest by policemen, who ignored a permanent injury he has in his left arm. In Abu Zaabal prison, Khalil was reportedly stripped naked, shaved and showered with cold water, alongside other detainees.

Over 1000 people were arrested on January 25, as the revolution’s anniversary turned violent and most anti-regime protests were dispersed by police.

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