Egypt to investigate police over torture death

July 10, 2011 03:33


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 CAIRO - Egypt has ordered the detention and questioning of three police officers in the case of a man who relatives say was tortured to death by authorities, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday, citing Alexandria's public prosecution.

Mohamed Sayyid Bilal, 32, was arrested in January after an as yet unidentified bomber killed 23 people on Jan. 1 at a church in Alexandria. Bilal's body was turned over to relatives a day later and bore signs of torture, his family said.

MENA said initial investigations showed Bilal, who was one of many Salafists -- followers of strict Sunni Muslim teachings -- rounded up along with others as suspects in the bombing, had no link to the attack on the church.

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