Egypt Court Orders Bail Release of 2 Officers Charged With Torturing To Death Lawyer

An Egyptian court Saturday ordered a release on bail to two security officers facing charges of torturing a civilian to death, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The prosecution appealed the court’s decision to release the two on LE10,000 bail.

The two officers from the National Security Agency allegedly tortured to death a lawyer, Karim Hamdy, while interrogating him in a police station in Cairo’s Matariya district.

Hamdy was being investigated on accusations of illegal weapons possession, involvement in anti-government violence, and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

A forensic report said Hamdy sustained fractures to his ribs and suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.

Matariya, a working-class district in north-eastern Cairo, is a regular site for protests, largely comprised of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In February, the general prosecution imposed a gag order on the case.

Source: Ahram Online