Egypt court orders bail for officers charged with torturing lawyer to death

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Mar 2015

Karim Hamdy, arrested on violence-related charges, died of a cerebral haemorrhage in a Cairo police station

An Egyptian court Saturday ordered a release on LE10,000 bail for two security officers who are facing charges of torturing a civilian to death, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The prosecution appealed the court's decision.

The two officers who belong to National Security Apparatus allegedly tortured to death a lawyer, Karim Hamdy, while interrogating him in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district.

Hamdy had been questioned by the officers over accusations of illegal weapons possession, involvement in anti-government violence, and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

A forensic report said Hamdy sustained fractures to his ribs and suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.

Matariya, a working-class district in north-eastern Cairo, is a regular site for protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In February, the general prosecution imposed a gag order on the case.

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