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
Mohamed Morsi (Photo:Reuters)
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.