12 February 2013

Egypt: Rights Group Calls for Immediate Investigation On Al Gindy Torture Crime

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses worry for what Al Watan Newspaper published today February 12, 2013, on Mohamed Al Gindy, the Egyptian citizen that died under torture after he was arrested while celebrating the second memorial of the 25th of January anniversary. When the Egyptian Ministry of Justice stated that Al Gindy died in a car accident, Sherif Al Behiry, an eye witness, former member of Muslim Brotherhood, stated that the victim died under torture.

Sherif Al Behiry was a member of an 18-member-group of the brotherhood that went to the Central Security Forces Camp in Al Gabal Al Asfar Area to force the protesters to give confessions on the protest of January 28, 2013, specially receiving money from the National Salvation Front. The witness said that Al Gindy clashed with one of the police officers for unjustified arrest. Al Gindy was taken, from among 60 protesters mounted on a lorry, to a separate room and got tortured until death. The other citizens were tortured by the brotherhood members in another room.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, stated that the Egyptian revolution started against the past regime as a result of torturing people in police stations and detention centers first then other demands came after that. Torturing people for giving confession is against the international standards for human rights. He also confirmed that the responsibility of this incident is to be taken by not only the Central Security Forces or the Egyptian Ministry of Interior but also the Egyptian Government. Freedom and Justice Political Party is also responsible for the torture crime.

EOHR calls upon the prosecutor general to open immediate investigations on torturing civilians in the Central Security Forces Camp in Al Gabal Al Asfar Area and death of Mohamed Al Gindy. The perpetrators must be taken into accountability.

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