Lawyers’ Syndicate seeks toughened sentence against policemen for torture
Chairman of the lawyers syndicate Sameh Ashour - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate will challenge a ruling jailing two officers to five years in prison on charges of torturing a lawyer, head of the syndicate Sameh Ashour told Youm7 Sunday.

“The challenge on this ruling aims to toughen the penalty to be commensurate with the charge laid out in the prosecution’s report; deliberate murder,” Ashour said.

On Saturday, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Omar Mahmoud and Mohamed al-Anwar, two Homeland Security officers, to five years in prison for torturing lawyer Karim Hamdy to death inside Matariya police station in February.

Hamdy was detained after another defendant referred to him as giving him orders to commit violent acts against the police and public properties.

The prosecution did not document any signs of beating on Hamdy when he was first arrested, but he was pronounced dead two days later, Feb. 24, with a forensic report recording torture. The prosecution has accused the policemen, a lieutenant colonel and a major, of beating Hamdy to coerce a confession.

With erratic eyes, Hamdy appeared on social media in a video that was released after his death, which seems to have been recorded by policemen at the station. In the video, he admits to possessing firearms and giving instructions to someone to “protect” Friday pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests from the police. Hamdy appeared healthy, albeit with a scab on the side of his nose.


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