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Five low-ranking policeman to remain detained for 15 more days in fatal torture case

The detainment of four officers was also extended for 15 days on Sunday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Dec 2015
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Protests in the southern governorate of Luxor condemn the torturing of a man to death at a police station, November, 2015 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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An Egyptian court ordered Monday that five low-ranking policemen remain in detention for 15 more days pending investigation over charges of torturing a man to death at a police station in Luxor, state news agency MENA reported.

The prosecution ordered that the policemen be arrested on Saturday after a medical report issued Thursday revealed fractures in the neck and back of Talaat Shabeeb, 47, who was detained for drug possession two weeks ago.

His family was later informed that he had died and his body was brought to Luxor International Hospital.

Shabeeb's family says he was arrested over a dispute with the policeman and not for possessing drugs.

Four police officers were also detained pending investigation into the case Friday. Their detention was renewed for 15 days on Sunday.

The past two weeks witnessed four cases of alleged torture resulting in death at police stations.

Human rights organisations have repeatedly said torture at police stations is widespread.

The interior ministry says such incidents are "isolated" and that the ministry will not be lenient with police members involved in those cases.

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