Egypt's ministry of interior suspends officer accused of torture that led to death in Ismailia

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Nov 2015

Afify Housseini (Photo courtesy of the Veterinarians Syndicate)

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior suspended a police officer in Ismailiya on Friday pending an investigation into the death of a man in his custody, a prosecution source speaking on condition of anonymity told Ahram Online.

The policeman is accused of torturing veterinarian Afify Houssni to death in a police station on Thursday.

The circumstances behind the arrest of Houssni are not yet clear.

A video circulating on social media seemingly shows that Houssni was arrested by policemen while working at a pharmacy owned by his wife.

Ahram Online could not independently verify the authenticity of the clip.

The Veterinarian Union released a statement denouncing "the torture and death of Houssni," and called on the Ministry of Interior to deliver justice in the case.

The past week saw three policemen in Egypt face abuse allegations.

On Thursday, 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.

Also on Thursday, a police officer was detained in Greater Cairo for four days pending an investigation into allegations of assault and abuse of power.

Torture is forbidden by Egypt's 2014 constitution, with Article 52 stating that "torture in all its forms is a crime without a statute of limitations."

Human rights activists have charged that torture in police stations and some prisons remains widespread.

The ministry of interior has repeatedly said that it would punish any policemen proved to have tortured prisoners.

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