Saturday, August 04, 2007

police brutality

It is so sad that things like this keep happening there. When will it end?????
Egypt police beat man to death
CAIRO: Egyptian police tortured a man to death as they were trying to track down his brother, a security source said yesterday. It was the latest in a series of human rights abuses reported in the Arab country.
The official said police detained Nasr Ahmed Abdallah without charges and beat him severely in the Nile Delta village of Tilbanah on Wednesday. He died of his wounds in hospital.
Egyptian newspapers also carried the report. The official said police held the 35-year-old carpenter in an attempt to force the surrender of his brother, who is wanted on unspecified charges.
An interior ministry spokesman declined to comment, saying public prosecutors were investigating the incident.
International and local human rights groups say torture is systematic in Egypt. Many victims have reported receiving electric shocks and severe beatings, but the government says it opposes torture and prosecutes anyone found practising it.
"The problem is that the Interior Ministry until now does not want to admit that torture is a standard method," said Gamal Eid, head of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.
The independent Al Masry Al Yom said villagers protested after Abdallah's death and hurled stones at the police station.
The Al Wafd opposition newspaper published a picture of what it said was his bloodied body.
(If you hadn't heard about previous incidents of police brutality in Egypt, it is easy to find on the net. I've seen it and don't want to look for it.)

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