Thursday, January 11, 2007

Amnesty International statement on Imad al Kabir

Amnesty International issued a press release yesterday about Imad al Kabir´s three months prison sentence.

The best blogging and the best wire story by AP reporter Nadia Abou el Magd can be found at Hossam, and the Sandmonkey. I feel exactly the same way as the sandmonkey, words fail me.

For those of you who have not seen the al Hurra one hour special about the mobile video clips, showing police abuse and torture with guests, Human rights activist Bahey ad Din Hassan, Journalist/blogger/activist Wael Abbas and Political science professor Gehad Auda(Putting someone at the university of Helwan must be a punishment)joining in for a calm discussion.

You can see it here.

Resisting the authorities..

The Human Rights Watch came out with a statement yesterday, somewhat late, but probably due to the busy days ahead of the launching of their annual report.

They emphasize the urgency of protecting al Kabir from getting into a similar situation to his prior experience. This is also reflected in the statement of his defencce laywer Nasser Amin and the Amnesty staement, mentioned above. If he serves part of his three months sentence in the Boulaq Daqrour precinct police station, where he experienced his ordeal, the fear of him being subject to preasure, is a definite cause for concern, and the burden of providing him a safe environment during that lies with the state.

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Director at the HRW:

¨The state has an obligation to protect al-Kabir as a witness in a torture case. Sending a torture victim back to the same place where he said he was tortured on charges brought by his alleged torturers raises enormous concerns about his safety.¨

UPDATE: 22 of May 2008:

The two officers Islam Nabih and Reda Fathi recieved three years prison sentences by the Giza Criminal Court on November 5th 2007, this was later appealed by the officers in the Court of Cassation, that dismissed the appeal and upheld the earlier sentence.


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