Cairo court orders release of 36 protesters against man's death in police custody

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Feb 2018

File Photo: Egypt's Supreme Judicial Headquarters in Cairo (Photo: Ahram)

A Cairo criminal court ordered on Sunday the release on bail of 36 people arrested last month for attacks on a police station while protesting the death of a young man in police custody.

Dozens, who were arrested in clashes with police while protesting the man's death outside Al-Mokattam police station, face charges including attempting to storm a police station, setting police vehicles on fire and possessing petrol bombs.

The 22-year-old man, nicknamed Mohamed Afroto, was arrested early in January on charges of drug dealing and taken to a police station in Cairo's Moqattam district where he later died.

The court set bail for those ordered released at EGP 5,000 (approximately $280) each.

Two policemen have been put on trial for the murder of Afroto, with the first court session held last week.

Afroto's family had said that he was tortured to death in custody.

Several anonymous security sources were quoted by local media at the time of Afroto's death as saying that he died of a drug overdose.

The prosecution had found the man's body "showed no outward injuries".

A post-mortem report showed that the death was caused by "severe laceration of the spleen and abdominal bleeding." 

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