Amnesty urges Egypt to free boy family says was abused by police

By REUTERS
December 13, 2015 16:41

CAIRO - Egypt must immediately release a 14-year-old boy who says he was sexually abused in detention by police using a wooden stick and bring his alleged torturers to justice, Amnesty International said.

Mazen Mohamed Abdallah's family told the rights group the teenager was repeatedly tortured in custody, including also being given electric shocks to his genitals.

"The horrific abuse described by Abdallah gives a sickening insight into the widespread and routine use of torture and ill-treatment by Egyptian security forces in police stations," Said Boumedouha, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa program deputy director, said in a statement on Friday.

The boy's case is one of several highlighted over the past weeks by rights groups who say police brutality is once again widespread in Egypt.

The Interior Ministry declined immediate comment on Amnesty's accusations but said it would issue a statement later.

It has said it would investigate all abuse allegations.

The group said Abdallah was tortured into confessing membership of the Muslim Brotherhood and participating in an unauthorized protest.



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