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Egyptian prosecution imposes gag order on alleged police torture death

A lawyer died in police custody on Wednesday in Matariya police station

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Feb 2015
Hisham Barakat
Egypt's prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's prosecutor-general on Thursday imposed a media gag order on the case of a lawyer who allegedly died after torture inside a police station in Cairo.
 
In a statement, the prosecution said the decision was made to ensure the investigations into the case were secret. 
 
Earlier on Thursday the prosecution ordered the detention of two police officers for investigations into accusations that they killed Karim Hamdy inside a police station in Matariya.
 
The officers belong to the interior ministry's National Security Apparatus which is responsible for investigating terror-related crimes. 
 
Hamdy was accused of involvement in anti-government violence. The lawyer died soon after questioning by the two officers on Wednesday at the police station. 
 
A forensic medicine report said Hamdy sustained fractures to his ribs and suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage.
 
Matariya, a low-income district in north-eastern Cairo, is a regular site for anti-government protests.
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