Egypt’s Sisi makes surprise visit to police academy amid rising reports of police torture

Ahram Online , Thursday 3 Dec 2015

Egypt’s interior ministry previously released a statement saying investigations are underway in all alleged police torture cases, adding that there will be no leniency with members of the police force who commit a crime

File photo: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on November 5, 2015 (Reuters)

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi made a surprise visit to Cairo’s police academy Thursday morning, amid increasing reports of police brutality and torture.

During the visit, the reason for which has not been provided.

The president ate breakfast with the academy’s students and inspected their morning physical exercises, state news agency MENA reported.

Last week, prosecution ordered the detainment of a policeman in Ismailiya governorate for four days pending investigations into accustions the officer tortured veterinarian Afify Houssni to death.

Last week, hundreds protested in Luxor governorate over the death of a 47-year-old man whose family says was tortured to death in a local police station. At least four policemen, accused of torture in this case, were transferred from Luxor to different governorates pending investigations.

Egypt’s interior ministry released a statement on Sunday saying the investigations are underway in all alleged cases of torture, stressing that the ministry will punish wrongdoers in what it described “isolated incidents” by some members of the force.

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