Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’ of hundreds of anti-government protesters

The Guardian reports:

The Egyptian military has secretly detained hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents since mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began, and at least some of these detainees have been tortured, according to testimony gathered by the Guardian.

The military has claimed to be neutral, merely keeping anti-Mubarak protesters and loyalists apart. But human rights campaigners say this is clearly no longer the case, accusing the army of involvement in both disappearances and torture – abuses Egyptians have for years associated with the notorious state security intelligence (SSI) but not the army.

The Guardian has spoken to detainees who say they have suffered extensive beatings and other abuses at the hands of the military in what appears to be an organised campaign of intimidation. Human rights groups have documented the use of electric shocks on some of those held by the army.

Egyptian human rights groups say families are desperately searching for missing relatives who have disappeared into army custody. Some of the detainees have been held inside the renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities on the edge of Tahrir Square. Those released have given graphic accounts of physical abuse by soldiers who accused them of acting for foreign powers, including Hamas and Israel.

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1 thought on “Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’ of hundreds of anti-government protesters

  1. pabelmont

    Are we surprised? Obama also tortures, detains, disappears, and assassinates and he is supposed (by some) to be a “good guy”. All of this may be a correctable and temporary instance of military out-of-control but it seems to be recent, since the revolution began. In that case, it seems directed by someone, presumably Mubarak and Sliman, rather than by normal/lower army leadership.

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