The Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights (EOHR) condemned on Sunday the alleged assault of two detainees at the hands of security personnel.
Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Ahmed Ibrahim claim they were beaten by security at the Fifth Settlement Court following their court hearing on Thursday. They are being tried, alongside four others, for possession of unlicenced weapons.
EOHR claimed Abdel Rahman and Ibrahim were held inside the court’s detention room before being transferred back to Tora Prison, where they were assaulted. Abdel Rahman’s allegedly suffered a broken rib as a result of the assault.
Tora Prison’s administration then refused to process them and they were transferred back to the Fifth Settlement court where their injuries were documented, the EOHR statement read. Back in prison, the detainees were allegedly held in solitary confinement and did not receive medical treatment.
The organisation reported the incident to Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and Prosecutor General Talaat Abdallah, calling such behaviour a violation of international agreements and a breach of the constitution.
Article 36 of the constitution states that detainees must be treated in a matter which preserves their dignity and forbids any form of torture, terrorisation, physical or moral harm to detainees.
The organisation called for an immediate investigation into the assault, and for the provision of proper healthcare for the allegedly assaulted detainees.
Abdel Rahman and Ibrahim are being tried with 6 April Youth Movement member Hamada Al-Masry. Al-Masry was released pending trial last week.
Thursday’s court session was postponed until 29 July for the verdict.