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Tortured Egyptian bodyguard released from Jordan hospital

Photos of a 28-year-old Egyptian expat who was almost tortured to death by of group of Jordanian men went viral, creating uproar in Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 8 Aug 2016
Egyptian expat in Jordan
A photo that went viral last week for 28-years-old Ibrahim Moustafa while being injured in hospital in Jordan (Photo: Facebook)
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An Egyptian bodyguard brutally tortured in Jordan – who received fractures of all four limbs -- was released from hospital, the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Saturday, adding that they were carefully following the case.

Last Sunday, photos of the unconscious Mostafa Darwish who had his arms and legs in casts and his face covered with welts, went viral in Egypt and created uproar.

According to news reports, the 28-year-old who works as a bouncer in a nightclub in Jordan, was kidnapped, almost tortured to death and then dumped in the desert by a group of men working for a Jordanian businessman.

Friends of Darwish said online a day earlier that Darwish had been in a fight with the businessman's brothers at the nightclub where he was working.

Egypt's foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday that it was following Darwish's case and that Jordanian authorities were also monitoring it.

In a statement issued late Saturday, the Egyptian foreign ministry explained that Egypt's ambassador to Jordan Khaled Tharwat spoke with the Jordanian foreign minister about the incident.

The statement also said that the Egyptian embassy received a letter from Jordan's interior minister's office saying that it was also carefully following the case.

The Egyptian foreign ministry added that its embassy in Amman already hired a lawyer for Darwish whose health condition had improved, allowing him to leave hospital.

This is the second known incident in less than a year of an Egyptian expat in Jordan being mistreated. 

In October 2015, a video showing a Jordanian MP and his brothers physically assaulting an Egyptian waiter also went viral and sparked anger in Egypt. The MP and his brothers reportedly later apologised to the waiter.

 

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