Interior Minister’s continuation in government is controversial: activist
Tareq el-Kholy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The continuation of Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim in his position has raised many questions, member of the political office of the Revolutionary Powers Bloc Tareq el-Kholy said, adding that the approach adopted by the security institution is controversial.

Announcements of Ibrahim Mahlab’s new Cabinet formation unanimously predict that Mohamed Ibrahim will remain in his position as Minister of Interior. However, the new government is yet to be sworn in.

He added, in a statement to Youm7 Saturday, that Ibrahim should adopt new policies to reveal the truth with regards to recent reports of the violations committed inside prisons. He affirmed that the security institution should be reformed, stressing the need for punitive measures against those who commit human rights violations, regardless of their positions.

He noted that the Interior Ministry should differentiate between the way they deal with peaceful protesters on the one hand, and the Muslim Brotherhood elements who use the violence during their demonstrations on the other.

Conversely, member of the Wafd Party Yasser Hassan welcomed Ibrahim’s continuation, but nonetheless called for more restraint in their dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Various groups have called for investigations into allegations of torture inside prisons, particularly those run by Central Security Forces. These include the April 6 Movement, and the National Council for Human Rights, which conducted visits to prisons to inspect these charges. However, results have been inconclusive, thus far.

Originally published in Youm7.

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