Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (Cairo)

7 May 2013

Egypt: EOHR Calls Upon Prosecutor General to Investigate Torturing Mohamed Darwish Khodir

press release

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) denounces torturing Mohamed Darwish Khodir inside Port Said Prison. In this regard, EOHR calls upon the prosecutor general and the Egyptian Minister of interior to open an immediate investigation on the severe physical and verbal torture incident and taking the real perpetrators to accountability, which can be a step on the way of confronting torture and impunity in Egypt.

Mohamed Darwish Khodir within his official complaint submitted to EOHR said that he was accused of kidnapping an Egyptian citizen and resisting police raids, case no. 4666, criminal, Manakh. When the victim appeared at the prosecutor general office, he officially mentioned that he was physically tortured by one of the police officers in Port Said police Station. The prosecution general office accused the police officer of acting firmly and cruelly against the victim. The prosecution general office ordered confining the accused police officer in Port Said Prison.

Currently, the victim is under torture at Port Said prison in order to reverse his allegation against the police officer, which led to the occurrence of fractures of the ribs and the deterioration of his health. He is banned from receiving visitors, as well as being deprived of suitable nutrition. It does not exceed half a loaf a day. He is left in underwear. His family received a phone call from a prisoner's relatives saying that he was transferred to Tanta Prison. In this regard, EOHR calls upon the prosecutor general and the Egyptian Minister of interior to open an immediate investigation on the severe physical torture incident and declare the names of the real perpetrators. The involved police officers must be banned from handling their policing works until the end of the investigations and trial.

EOHR emphasizes that what happened to the victim is against the Egyptian law and the international standards of human rights.

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