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Egypt adjourns trial of officers accused of torturing lawyer to death

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Jun 2015
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Cairo Criminal Court Saturday adjourned to 28 July the trial of two police officers charged with torturing a civilian to death, maintaining its earlier decision to release the officers on bail pending trial, despite the prosecution's objections.

In late March, the court ordered a LE10,000 bail for the two police officers, who belong to the National Security Agency, each.

The prosecution appealed the release decision at the time.

The two officers are accused of torturing to death in February 2015 a lawyer, Karim Hamdy, while interrogating him in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district.

Hamdy had been questioned by the officers over accusations of illegal weapons possession, involvement in anti-government violence, and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Matariya, a working-class district in northeast Cairo, had been a regular site for protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi since July 2013.

In February, the general prosecution imposed a gag order on the case.

Also on Saturday, Egypt's Lawyers' Syndicate are expected to stage a one-day strike to protest “police assaults" on lawyers, citing an assault with shoes by a senior police officer on a lawyer in Damietta governorate last week. 

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ELDIWANY
06-06-2015 07:09pm
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What is expected from a military government ...and more
Under the banner of "law and order", military governments employ thugs to do their bidding and as usual they get away with it. Even decades after the departure of Chile's Pinochet dictatorship no one answered for their crimes against their people. Only the world's public opinion and the fear of being arrested and prosecuted that restrain those military governments. So far so good. Only now and then protests from some human rights organizations, nothing serious.
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Ali
06-06-2015 03:05pm
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Thugs with badges
Egyptian police has always been thugs with badges during the Mubarak dictatorship. When the 2011 revolution took place they hidden their badges, took off their uniforms, and walked the streets in civilian clothes to avoid retribution. Now the Military is back in office; these thugs with badges are back to their old practices. If the government does not control these thugs soon enough we are risking another uprising!
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Farhan
06-06-2015 02:19pm
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First they came for Muslim brotherhood, I didn't speak up because I was not Muslim brotherhood
Then they came for secular, I didn't speak up because I was not secular. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.
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