Released church bombing suspects claim torture

Ahram Online, Saturday 16 Apr 2011

A number of detainees held on suspicion of bombing of an Alexandria church allege they were tortured by State Security, with one dying in detention as a result

Two Saints Church
The notorious Two Saints Church bombing

Released suspects in the bombing of Two Saints Church in Alexandria revealed that they had been brutally tortured by State Security personnel during their detention.
A number of Muslim hardliners were arrested in the wake of the terrorist attack that took place in the early hours of New Year's Eve and resulted in 24 deaths and numerous injured.

Later, after former Minister of Interior Habib El-Adly was implicated in the bombing, the detainees were freed.

State Security, which has been officially dismantled, is still active, claimed the released detainees at a press conference in Alexandria. They also said Salafist youth Sayed Belal was killed as a result of torture while in detention, and that now State Security is threatening his family to prevent them from pressing charges.

After he was pronounced dead, his body was buried on 5 January, in an attempt to “cover up their crime,” the released detainees said.

Mamdouh Hendawi was released after 84 days in custody. He said he had been incarcerated in the State Security premises, among other facilities, and suffered “all kinds of torture” during his detention.

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