EOHR calls upon the Public Prosecutor to clarify the circumstances under which a citizen lost his life at the Hada’ek Al Quba Police Station

June 25th, 2018 by Editor

EOHR calls upon the Public Prosecutor to clarify the circumstances under which a citizen lost his life at the Hada’ek Al Quba Police Station

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses its deep concern regarding the death of a detainee in Hada’ek Al Qauba police station under unclear circumstances.

The citizen “Ahmed” whose first name was only released by the authorities was arrested and charged with theft, after an owner of a law firm accused the now deceased individual of stealing clients’ documents from his office and demanding a large pay-off (500,000 egp) to return them.

Ahmed died under unclear circumstances on Friday the 22nd of June, 2018 under police custody at Hada’ek Al Quba Police Station. The prosecution opened an investigation into the death, however Hadae’k Al Quba policemen were released after being questioned by prosecutors.

A police officer claimed during his questioning by a prosecutor that the detainee was in a state of hysteria, and then started vomiting profusely. This seems to be the officer’s explanation of the cause of death.

EOHR calls upon the Public Prosecutor to maintain a serious investigation into Ahmed’s death through several measures including an autopsy and obtaining the recorded footage from surveillance camera’s installed in the police station. EOHR also calls upon the Ministry of Interior to enhance their oversight and supervision over police stations and detention facilities in order to prevent abuses.

Dr. Hafez Abu Seada the president of EOHR’s said that serious oversight over police stations is a necessity and stressed the importance of a serious investigation into Ahmed’s mysterious death.

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