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Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, A/HRC/10/44/Add.4, 17 February 2009: Egypt

Allegations  Transmitted

61. A.S. R., M. H. A., A. M. M., K. A. A. and A. H. A., who are the subjects of a criminal case before the Qasr al-Nil Court of Misdemeanors. On 24 October 2007, Mr. A. S. R. and Mr. M. H. A. were arrested during an altercation in Bab El-Louk in downtown Cairo. When Mr. R. explained to the arresting police officers that he was HIV-positive, both were taken directly to the Morality Police Department in Mugamma’al-Tahrir, where they were detained, and later interrogated by an officer named M. O. A. The officers allegedly slapped Mr. R. in the face and beat Mr. A. They forced them to sign statements, the contents of which they were not allowed to read. During the four days they were detained in Mugamma’ al-Tahrir, the two men were handcuffed to an iron desk and left to sleep on the floor. They were denied food and water and were required to pay for them later. A forensic anal examination was performed on both men in order to establish whether they had engaged in anal sexual intercourse. On 20 January 2008, Mr. A. M. M. was arrested on the street, Mr. K. A. A. at his apartment on the following day, and Mr. A. H. A. on 3 February  2008  at  an  unknown location. On 19 February 2008, Mr. M. was beaten by a police guard. The police guard handcuffed his wrists to opposite poles of the bed and chained one of his ankles to the bed’s end to prevent him from moving. Allegedly, Mr. M. had been punched repeatedly in the face, head and body by the same officer.

Government Response

By letter dated 06/10/08, the Government informed that two individuals, Mr. A. S. R. and Mr. M. H. A. were involved in a street fight in a crowded area in the center of midtown Cairo.

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