CAIRO: The Cassation Court rejected Sunday the challenge of a police colonel, 13 low-ranking policemen and a prison doctor; they are convicted of torturing two inmates to death.
The convicts resorted to cruelty in dealing with the two inmates as they beat and held them inside the execution chamber for over three days at the order of the colonel, ultimately leading to the death of the victims, according to their indictment.
The colonel was sentenced to three years in prison and the other defendants were sentenced to one year with labor. The ruling is the final step in the appeal process.
Meanwhile, the Arab Penal Reform Organization sent 34 official warning to Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar to pay 1.173 million EGP in compensation to several citizens who managed to prove they were tortured by the police, according to a Sunday statement by the organization.
Courts ruled in favor of the said citizens and set financial compensation, albeit in administrative and not criminal cases; hence their torturers are not punished.
The prosecution and some courts have referred several defendants to the Forensic Medicine Authority as they claimed they were tortured by the police during interrogation, but they have also refused similar demands by other defendants.
Most recently, the prosecution in Cairo accepted Sunday the request of Mohamed Badr, 33, to be examined for signs of torture. Badr claims he was tortured during interrogations about belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Badr has a wound above his eyebrow, a bruise over his eye, abrasions over his knees, a penile injury due to an electric shock and similar injuries in the back and the right hand, claimed his lawyer Mohamed Afify in a phone call with Youm7.