Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate torture claims

CAIRO — Amnesty International called on Egyptian authorities Tuesday to investigate allegations that police tortured a young man to death in Alexandria and dumped his mutilated body into a canal.
According to the rights group, the family of Ahmed Shabaan said police officers beat him at the Sidi Gaber police station, which has been at the center of abuse allegations before.Amnesty said the 19-year-old man went missing November 7 and his body was recovered in a canal four days later.
Egypt's Interior Ministry denied the allegations and said it has no record of police ever arresting Shabaan. It said Shabaan had stolen the mobile phone from a passer-by, but had escaped arrest.
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