9 Egyptian policemen referred to court over man's fatal torture

2015-12-10 13:38


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Luxor - Nine policemen were referred on Thursday to a criminal court on charges of torturing a man to death last month in the southern city of Luxor.

The nine, including four officers, are accused of using violence resulting in death.

Talaat Shabeeb, aged 45, died in police custody after he was arrested on November 25, allegedly for drug possession.

Shortly after his arrest, Shabeeb was reportedly taken from police custody to a hospital, but his family told local media that he was dead before being brought to hospital.

According to an official forensics report, Shabeeb's body bore signs of beating on the back and a neck fracture led to his death.

Two other Egyptian men died in police custody in other parts of the country last week. Their families said they were tortured to death, accusations that were denied by the police.

Police violations were a major reason for the 2011 uprising that forced longtime autocrat Hosny Mubarak from power.

Human rights groups said Egypt has seen massive rights abuses since the army's 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Last week, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, who led Morsi's toppling, vowed to punish police who make mistakes, which he called "isolated incidents."

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