EOHR adopts the case of Magdi Mcain, and follows the prosecution’s investigation of the case.

November 18th, 2016 by Editor

EOHR adopts the case of Magdi Mcain, and follows the prosecution’s investigation of the case.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) voices its deep concern over reports it has recieved that confrim the death of Mr. Magdi Mcain in Al Amiria police station, bearing in mind that the victim’s family are accusing one the officers at the station of torturing him to death.

Mr. Mcain worked as a donkey cart driver, and on sunday evening (13/11/2016) according to his families testimony, Mr. Mcain was on his way back home from Al Kasrin when an altercation broke out between him and a police captain from Al Amiria police station. Mr. Mcain was escorted by the captain to the station, where he was subjected to torture that led to his death, and his body was found the next morning in Zaiton hospital with signs of torture..

The Cairo general investigation authority (police) claimed that the victim was arrested along with two others while they were on their way back from Musturud to their homes at Al Zawia El Hamra after buying pills (drugs). The  police said that they were arrested when they tried to evade a police checkpoint at Al Amiria and that 2000 pills were found in their possesion when they were arrested.

EOHR points out that the death of Mr. Mcain occured in police custody at Al Amiria station, which raises suspicions that a crime of torture is the cause of Mr. Mcain’s death. Therefor EOHR adopts Mr. Mcain’s case and our lawyers will follow the prosecutor’s investigation, as they await the forensic report to determine Mr. Mcain’s cause of death.

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EOHR demands the Prosecutor General’s immediate investigation of the incident, and all other torture related cases in places of custody, so that all of those responsible may be held accountable for their violations in a court of law.

EOHR also implores parliament to carry out the necessary legal reforms so that such crimes may be effectivley punsihed. EOHR also demands that the Egyptian government ratify articles 21 and 22 of the UN convention against torture, and to ammend article 126 of the criminal code so that it can be in agreement with article one of the UN convention against torture that Egypt ratified in 1986.

EOHR calls on Egypt’s government to keep a record of the behaviour of law enforcement officials, and offer them training on how to deal with citizens in accordance with the principles of human rights, the law and the constitution.

 

On the same note, Mr. Hafez Abu Seada the chairman of EOHR stressed that the occurance of such incidents after the revolution threaten the rights attained through the revolutions of January 25th 2011, and 30th of June 2013, adding that torture will cannot be accepted after the revolution.

Abu Seada also called upon the Egyptian government to reveal the results of the Mcain case investigation to the public and to hold those responsible accountable. stressing that  pre 25 th of January revolution practices cannot be accepted or tolerated.

 

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