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UA 461/90 - Egypt: torture: Mamdouh 'Ali Youssef, Safwat 'Abd al-Ghani, Muhammad Ahmad al-Naggar, 'Azzat Hussein 'Ali, 'Abd al-Nasser Nouh Ahmad, 'Assem 'Ali al-Sayyid 'Othman, 'Adel 'Ali Musallam, Ahmad Mostafa Zaki, Muhammad Mostafa Zaki, Abu al-Makarim

, Index number: MDE 12/012/1990

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 12/12/90
Distr: UA/SC
UA 461/90 Torture 14 November 1990
Muhammad Ahmad AL-NAGGAR
'Azzat Hussein 'ALI
'Abd al-Nasser Nouh AHMAD
'Assem 'Ali al-Sayyid 'OTHMAN
Ahmad Mostafa ZAKI
Muhammad Mostafa ZAKI
Abu al-Makarim 'ABD AL-RAHMAN
The above were arrested and charged with participating in the assassination
of the Speaker of the People's Assembly, Dr Rifa'at al-Mahgoub, and five guards
in Cairo on 12 October. Following the assassination mass arrests took place,
initially focussing on Arab nationals, and then among Egyptian members and
sympathizers of Islamic groups throughout the country. The total number of
those arrested is not known.
Amnesty International has received reports that the above ten are among
many who have been subjected to torture to make them confess to having been
involved in the crime. They are believed to be held by the State Security
Intelligence Police (SSIP) at its directorate in Lazoghly, Cairo. Defence
lawyers who were allowed to attend two sessions of their interrogation before
the State Security Procuracy have been banned from attending subsequent sessions
and have been denied access to their clients at their place of detention.
One of the accused, Mamdouh 'Ali Youssef, was reported to have suffered a spinal
injury as a result of torture and was brought to his interrogation sessions
on a stretcher, unable to move.
Information received by Amnesty International indicates that the State
Security Procuracy has registered the physical marks of torture apparent on
the bodies of the ten men named above, but there are fears that the torture
may be continuing as long as they remain held by the SSIP in incommunicado
The torture of political detainees held under emergency legislation is
a long-standing concern. Detainees are held in incommunicado detention,
without access to lawyers, relatives or medical doctors. In a report issued
on 17 October Amnesty International urged the Egyptian Government to respect
its obligations under national and international law, to investigate all
allegations of torture and bring to justice those responsible. The
organization also called for immediate measures to be taken to safeguard
detainees from torture or ill-treatment.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:
- expressing concern at the reported torture of the ten men named above;
- urging that they be moved immediately to a recognized place of detention
and that they be given prompt and frequent access to lawyers and family members;
- urging that they be given immediate medical treatment, as required, and that
they be examined by a forensic medical doctor without delay;
- urging that immediate measures be taken to put an end to torture, and to
investigate promptly and thoroughly the alleged torture of these ten prisoners,
in accordance with the UN Convention against Torture, which Egypt has ratified.
His Excellency
General Muhammad 'Abd al-Halim Moussa
Minister of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
Al Sheikh Rihan Street
Bab al-Louq
Arab Republic of Egypt
Telegrams: Interior Minister, Cairo, Egypt
Telexes: 21361 MOKM UN
Faxes: + 20 2 724 241, Attn: Head of the Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, with a request to forward to the Minister of Interior
His Excellency
Badr al-Minyawi
Prosecutor General
Dar al-Qada al-'Aali
26 July Street
Arab Republic of Egypt
Telegrams: Prosecutor General, Cairo, Egypt
Faxes: + 20 2 355 8103 (Ministry of Justice) Attn: Prosecutor General
His Excellency Dr Ahmad 'Esmat 'Abd al-Maguid
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Maidan al-Tahrir
Arab Republic of Egypt
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 14 December 1990.

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