Lawyer says 3 Egyptian Journalists arrested were tortured

2016-10-02 22:00


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Cairo - The lawyer for three Egyptian journalists who were arrested while conducting street interviews says they were beaten and tortured by security officers during questioning at a central Cairo station.

Fatma Serag told The Associated Press Sunday the three — Hamdy Mokhtar, 38, Mohammed Hassan 18, and Osama al-Bishbishi, 35 — were accused of supplying television networks linked to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group with "negative" videos of life under the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The three, arrested on September 26, were remanded into custody for 15 days pending further investigation. They face charges of publishing false news and membership in the Brotherhood.

Sisi led the 2013 military ouster of Mohammed Morsi, the elected Islamist president who hails from the Brotherhood.

Read more on:    abdel fattah al-sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa

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