Egypt police to be quizzed over custody death

2016-12-08 06:30
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Cairo - Egypt's prosecution ordered on Wednesday the detention of 10 policemen for questioning over the death of a man in custody after an autopsy showed he had been tortured, judicial officials said.

Magdy Makin, a 50-year-old fish vendor, had been detained in a police station before his family received his corpse last month. His son had said it bore signs of torture.

The officials said a police officer and nine low ranking policemen would be questioned over the death.

There have been a string of deaths, allegedly by torture, in Egyptian police stations that have sparked anger and led to the trials of several policemen.

The interior ministry says such abuses are an exception and that police do not practice torture.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pledged to hold accountable errant policemen.

Police abuses had helped fuel a 2011 uprising that unseated veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

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