CAIRO - An Egyptian activist who died on Monday was beaten unconscious during interrogation at a security camp where he was detained for three days, two security sources said on Tuesday.
Human rights campaigners say the same brutal tactics that helped ignite the uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak two years ago are back under the auspices of freely elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
Mohamed el-Gendi, 23, was rounded up along with other youth protesters on Jan. 25, the second anniversary of the start of the anti-Mubarak revolt, and taken to Gabal Ahmar, a state security camp on the outskirts of Cairo.
Gendi remained there for three days and nights when he was "interrogated" and beaten, the sources said, adding that the officers had become more aggressive when he talked back to them.
The interior ministry denied accusations that Gendi was tortured, saying in its report on the matter that he was found injured on the street after he was hit by a car on Jan. 28, and taken to Cairo's Hilal hospital where he died some days later.