CAIRO: First Lieutenant Mohamed Ibrahim was ordered jailed on Tuesday for another 15 days pending investigations over charges of “resorting to cruelty,” leading to the death of detainee inside a police station in Ismailia.
On Nov. 29, Ibrahim headed to a pharmacy in Ismailia and arrested Afifi Hosni, the husband of the owner of the pharmacy. The young officer was filmed in a CCTV video physically intimidating Hosni and grabbing him by the neck.
Ibrahim, who was soon arrested after the incident, also faces charges of raiding the pharmacy without a prosecution warrant.
Afifi’s widow, the Pharmacists’ Syndicate and the Veterinarians Syndicate all claim that Afifi was further abused inside Ismailia First Police Station.
The case is one of three where detainees died inside police station in late November.
Five policemen have been detained after a man in Luxor was reported dead soon after his detention in possession of drugs, and another defendant was allegedly killed by the police while searching and interrogating on a robbery case him before bringing him before the prosecution in Shebin el-Kanater town in Qalyubia.
Protests in Luxor, the largest by non-Islamists since President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013, preceded the arrest of the Luxor policemen, slamming “police brutality and torture” at police stations to extract confessions and information before detainees are brought before a prosecutor.