Judiciary obliges Interior Ministry to compensate tortured prisoners
Human rights lawyer Mohammad Zare - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: The Arab Organization for Penal Reform issued a statement Wednesday saying that their lawsuit against the Ministry of Interior has received 16 final verdicts for the favor of the political prisoners who were tortured during the regime of former president Hosni Mubarak.

The statement added that the organization received compensation for the prisoners worth 403,000 EGP during the past 15 days.

Human rights lawyer Mohammad Zare, head of the Arab Organization for Penal Reform, told The Cairo Post Friday that besides these final verdicts, the organization succeeded to collect about one million and 47 thousand EGP as compensation for 24 previous lawsuits in similar cases concerning torture of prisoners.

The issued statement added that the prisoners faced severe torture when they were jailed during the time of the Mubarak regime. It commented “It is considered a violation of all the international treaties and the Egyptian law, which are supposed to be applied inside the state.”

“We can say that these verdicts by the Egyptian court are the “final truth” that cannot be doubted by anyone including the Ministry of Interior itself. The ministry, in our case, is the “defendant” from which we are not seeking confession, regarding the torture case inside jails and police stations. The Egyptian judiciary is an independent body and no one is allowed to comment on its verdicts,” Zare said.

Despite the continuing accusations by NGOs and previous prisoners about torture cases inside jails and police stations, the ministry denied that any of these cases actually occurred.

The minister’s assistant for public relations and media Gen. Abd El Fatah Osman said in a phone call to Manshet TV show last July “Egyptian prisons have become more like hotels, and all the accusations of any torture inside jails are not even close to the truth.”

Reconstructing the interior ministry, dismissing corrupted officers and ending the torture were one of the top listed demands of the January 25 revolution, as many police violations reportedly occurred inside jails. Khaled Saeed, who was beaten to death in Alexandria in June 2010 by Egyptian security forces that claimed that he was a drug abuser, represented an obvious example of the ministry’s corruption and is often seen as the first “flame” that lead to the revolution in January 2011.

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