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Nine Egyptian policemen referred to court in Luxor torture, murder case

Medical examiners issued a report showing that the victim suffered fractures in the neck and back

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 10 Dec 2015
Egypt
File Photo: Egypt's Interior Minister General Magdi Abdel Ghaffar attends the closing session of Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, in the South Sinai governorate, south of Cairo, March 15, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt prosecutors referred Thursday four police officers and five lower-ranking policemen to the criminal court on charges of torturing to death a man in police custody in Upper Egypt's Luxor.

The prosecution had ordered the suspects' detention pending investigation after medical examiners issued a report showing that the victim suffered fractures in the neck and back.

Talaat Shabeeb, 47, was detained at El-Awameya Police Station last week on charges of drug possession. His family was later informed that he had died and his body was brought to Luxor International Hospital.

Shabeeb's family claims that he was in fact arrested over a personal dispute with a policeman, and not for drug possession as initially claimed.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Luxor last week to protest Shabeeb’s death and demand that the head of the police station be fired.

Shabeeb’s case is the third high-profile incident in Egypt involving allegations of police abuse in the last two weeks, with the latest involving an Ismailiya policeman who is accused of torturing a man to death while in police custody. The Ministry of Interior has suspended the officer pending investigation. 

Human rights organisations have repeatedly condemned what they describe as "widespread torture" by Egyptian police, while the interior ministry says that "no leniency" is shown to policemen engaging in torture.

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expat
10-12-2015 07:56pm
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dear AL
i bet with you over 20 le, it will be the usual,endless trials untill the pubilc looses interest,blood money paid by the government,first round of verdict 2 years in prison,second round 6 months on parole....
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Al
12-12-2015 02:41am
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I bet you another 20
I bet a 20 that the Minister of Interior thugs will be replaced within a year :). Sisi would rather throw him under the bus than risk another revolution on his watch!
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Al
10-12-2015 04:21pm
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Journalists senteces
Let's see if the courts give these police thugs fair sentences; let's see if they even give them as harsh of a sentence as they give journalists for doing their jobs! Let's see how this distorted justice system works this time!
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