Egypt probes detainee abuse after footage shown online

September 28, 2011 21:33

CAIRO - Egypt's military prosecutors launched an investigation into a case of abuse of detainees at a police station north of Cairo after footage of an alleged assault was shown on social networking sites, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.

The footage, reminiscent of alleged police abuse under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, showed soldiers and police officers slapping and hitting two handcuffed detainees. One police officer repeatedly zapped the detainees in the ears with a taser.

"The head of the military judiciary received formal complaints that some army and police officers have assaulted some people accused of trading in arms and ammunition at the al-Kurdi police station in Menyet al-Nasr in Daqahliyah province," MENA said.

"He immediately decided to summon the officers to stand at the military prosecution for an investigation," it said.

Egypt's state-run al-Ahram said that the head of the ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, ordered that "full legal action" be taken against the officers if the actions attributed to them were proven to be true.

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