Egypt prosecutors refer six policemen to trial for torture of citizen in Cairo police station

Menna Alaa El-Din, Monday 20 Aug 2018

Cairo prosecutors said on Sunday evening it will refer six policemen to criminal court over charges related to killing a citizen in custody this June.

According to Al-Ahram daily the six policemen, who include the head of Hadayek El-Qobba police station investigation unit and his deputy, are facing charges for the "torture and illegal detention" of a citizen.

The newspaper added that the investigations and CCTV footage revealed that the victim was tortured through beating and electric shocks in an attempt to force a confession regarding a friend who was accused of theft.

He then fainted and immediately died.

The defendants will go on trial on 8 September.

Torture is outlawed by Article 52 of the Egyptian constitution.

Over the past two years, Egypt has referred a number of policemen to trial for torturing citizens to death. Some were acquitted, and others were convicted in rare sentences.

Human rights activists have alleged that torture in police stations and some prisons remains widespread, whereas Egypt’s interior ministry has said that such incidents of torture are “isolated” and that any misconduct by its officers will not be tolerated.



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