Egyptian activist found beaten, dumped outside Cairo

February 15, 2013 20:30


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CAIRO - An Egyptian opposition activist was found beaten and tied up in the desert near Cairo on Friday, four days after he went missing from a protest demanding the removal of President Mohamed Morsi, a security source and a fellow campaigner said.

Ibrahim Hanafi, who was rescued and treated for bruises on his back, had been working with the Freedom Front for Peaceful Change, collecting evidence of what he saw as "violations" by Islamist politicians, said the group's general coordinator Essam El Sharif."Our colleagues in the movement and the police found him tied to a tree, naked and bound with a letter that carries threats ... against anyone who talks (negatively) about the Brotherhood," he added, referring to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group that propelled Morsi to power.

A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said the group had nothing to do with Hanafi's beating, or any involvement in other "indecent cases".

Opposition groups say a number of campaigners have been attacked in recent months after criticizing the Islamist-led government that came in after the revolt that ended decades of rule by strongman Hosni Mubarak.

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