Brotherhood's El-Erian sees detention extended on suspicion of torture

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Nov 2013

Leading Muslim Brotherhood member Essam El-Erian will spend 15 more days in prison as investigations continue on charges of use of torture in the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in

Essam el-Erian, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, smiles as he stands next to a bed after being detained by security forces in New Cairo in this handout photo provided by the Egyptian Interior Ministry October 30, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Cairo prosecution has slammed Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian with 15 more days in prison as investigations continue on charges of incitement and attempted murder, holding citizens against their will and torturing them during the six-week long pro-Morsi sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City district.

During the pro-Morsi sit-in protest, a garage attendant, Ahmed Hassan Mohsen, came forward claiming that he was tortured during the vigil, had his finger amputated, and was thrown on a deserted highway.

Mohsen, however, changed his testimony in court early October stating that a police officer forced him into pressing false charges.

Amnesty International issued a statement 2 October including testimonies of anti-Morsi protesters who claim they had been captured, beaten and subjected to electric shocks, or stabbed by supporters of the deposed president.

The statement added that at least eight bodies arrived to the morgue in Cairo between late June and 28 July, and at least five of these were found near areas where pro-Morsi sit-ins were being held.

El-Erian was present in court Monday on other charges, along with deposed president Mohamed Morsi and a number of Islamist political figures. That case has been adjourned to 8 January to allow prosecution and defence lawyers to examine evidential documents.

El-Erian had been on the run for almost three months before being captured last week in Cairo's upscale Fifth Settlement neighbourhood.

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