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Egyptian presidency asserts in press release that state policy is to prohibit torture, warning against attempts to capitalise on regretful incidents of violations

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Feb 2013
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The Egyptian presidency released a statement Saturday condemning the dragging and beating of a naked citizen by police, documented in televised footage released from Friday's clashes at the presidential palace.

"The presidency was pained by the shocking footage of policemen dragging a protester in a way inconsistent with dignity and human rights," the statement reads.

The presidency statement further underlined that it "works on enforcing constitutional articles that prohibit torture, intimidation or harming individuals physically or psychologically."

The statement praised the Ministry of Interior statement assuring that the incident, which has caused public uproar, is an isolated incident that does not represent police policies and that an investigation has been ordered into the case.

The presidency added, however, that "it is unacceptable to capitalise on individual acts denounced by everybody to justify violence and criminal acts of attacking institutions."

"We are awaiting the outcome of the probe, which should be announced with transparency in accordance with January 25 Revolution goals," the statement added.

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02-02-2013 08:26pm
Good statement
No need to burn the country for an awful incident. We are all suffering the consequences of continuous protests. The big ship, Egypt, is sinking. Unless we look few inches away from our selfish needs, and pay attention to the poor slient majority, Somalia will be our role model. This is the time to study, work, cultivate, etc... The president should relocate our activists and their media friendly personalities to Sahara Deserts. We need some time out from that madness.
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