CAIRO: A large protest took to streets in Luxor Friday after a prisoner was killed inside a police station after he had been arrested at a café in alleged possession of drugs, Youm7 reported.
All relatives of Talaat Shabib, the 47-year-old victim who died on Tuesday, refused to partake in the protest to avoid affecting the investigation, according to Youm7.
The protesters demanded that investigations be concluded swiftly and to hold those involved in his murder accountable. They chanted slogans against “police brutality.”
Police present in the streets did not react to the protest, Youm7 reported.
On Wednesday evening, the police arrested 24 men who engaged in scuffles with the police for five hours in the vicinity of Bandar Luxor, where Shabib was allegedly tortured to death less than one hour after detention. They were released early Thursday by the prosecution.
Relatives of Shabib claim that they saw injuries to his head and traces of electric shocks in his belly, according to Youm7.
Luxor Governor went to the home of Shabib to condole his family, and assured them that justice will be served. Meanwhile, four officers from Bandar Luxor police station were summoned by the prosecution Wednesday to question them on the murder.
The family and the victim and others from his hometown al-Awamia reported the officers who had arrested him by name to the prosecution.
For his part, spokesperson of the Interior Ministry Abou Bakr Abdel Karim told Dream 2 channel that Shabib was wanted in several cases, adding that the prosecution is waiting for the forensic report to determine the cause of death to punish anyone responsible.
On Thursday, a veterinarian was allegedly killed by the police after he was arrested from his wife’s pharmacy.
In April, a 63-year-old lawyer died in Mataryia police station in Cairo; his colleagues said that he had been beaten to death inside the station after being arrested in a protest. Another lawyer, 26, was tortured to death in same police station.
In Delta’s Beheira, a detainee was allegedly tortured to death in Rasheed Police Station. Torture-related accusations inside police stations have been regularly denied by authorities at the Interior Ministry.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Marei