CAIRO: The Interior Ministry has dispatched a 13-doctor medical convoy to Tora Prison to assist medical examination of all inmates, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghafar stated Tuesday.
The ministry also dispatched a medical convoy to carry out medical examinations on detainees at Ain Shams, Matarya and Al Marg police stations, he added.
The move is seen by some as a bid to improve the ministry’s image and gain public support following several human right abuses, some of which were fatal, committed by the police officers during the past few weeks.
The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Saturday two police officers to five years in prison for torturing lawyer Karim Hamdy to death inside a Cairo police station, Youm7 reported.
The two officers were accused of beating Hamdy to coerce a confession at Matariya police station. In its closing arguments in October, the prosecution said the defendants used “means of middle ages to extract confessions and murdered the victim,” as quoted by Youm7.
The interior ministry was harshly criticized by rights groups over some violent practices against civilians particularly under Mubarak’s regime. However, a cabinet poll, announced in May 2015, showed that 71 percent of Egyptians believe that the police are positively interacting with citizens under President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s rule.