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Father pleads with Morsi to halt 'torture' of detained son
Egyptian father demands President Mohamed Morsi open torture investigation and apply 'human rights mentioned in constitution' to his detained son and other prisoners
Ahram Online, Friday 11 Jan 2013
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An Egyptian father sent a letter to President Mohamed Morsi last week urging him to open an investigation into the alleged torture befallen his provisionally detained son, who according to the father is near death after his health condition has greatly deteriorated.

Sayed Ahmed, a resident of Upper Egypt's Bani Sweif, said his son can barely move after suffering severe disciplinary measures in Cairo's Tora Prison, adding that the accused, who is in his 30s, sleeps on bare wet floor with no covers.

"Where are the human rights mentioned in the constitution which we voted for (in December)?" he said in the letter sent to Morsi.

"These rights are supposed to protect even prisoners who are serving sentences ... My son hasn't been convicted yet," he added.

The son, Ahmed, who is accused of killing a neighbor, has been denied visits and not even allowed to leave the cell, the father said.

Tora Prison, however, made an exception for his parents last week after his mother pleaded for a visit.

According to Ahram Arabic news website, Ahmed is being punished after a prison guard found LE200 on him.

Detainees and prisoners are not allowed to keep banknotes inside the prison.

Tens of torture cases in Egypt have been reported by NGOs since Morsi came to power in June 2012.





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Roslyn
05-02-2013 01:57pm
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Reaction to torture!
Do we only react to torture, when it is caught on camera? This man's pleading for human rights is the cry of many Egyptians, so far, the government and the opposition seem to be playing 'blind, deaf & dumb', unless they judge it to be in their best political interests. Punishment for having 200 LE on his person, maybe no one told him the rules, or it didn't register in his tortured brain or body!
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Democracia
11-01-2013 06:25pm
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Missing...
Human Rights? Hahaha, this word is not even mentioned one time in this new constitution, as the word Human Dignitiy is missing as well...So what do you expect?
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Guest
11-01-2013 04:55pm
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humanitarian concerns
The president is preoccupied with having the blind sheikh freed and brought back to Egypt “out of humanitarian concerns”. Where are those concerns with regard to prisoners in his own country? Or do they apply to terrorists only?
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Freedom Fighter, Aladdin
11-01-2013 04:20pm
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What?
What Shareha Law that allow violation of human rights? it is all empty talks.
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