Egypt Watch

Mohammed Waleed, the latest detainee to complain of torture

Mohammed Waleed, a member of the Bread and Freedom party, appeared on Thursday before the State Security Prosecution after being forcibly disappeared for two weeks.

Waleed was arrested on October 1 whilst on the stairs of a plane heading from Cairo Airport to Saudi Arabia. Since then, the place of Waleed’s detention was unknown.

Waleed said he was detained in one of the quarters of the National Security in al-Abbasiya where he was tortured with electric shocks including on sensitive areas of his body.

The prosecution ordered the custody of Waleed for 15 days pending investigation over charges of belonging to a terrorist group, a charge which was completely rejected by Ilham al-Aydrus, the deputy founder of the Bread and Freedom Party.

This wasn’t the first complaint of torture made by political detainees in Egyptian security quarters and prisons.

Alaa Abdel Fattah, the prominent activist that has been repeatedly detained by the Egyptian authorities, complained of being blindfolded, beaten and insulted in al-Aqrab Maximum Security prison. His lawyer Mohamed al-Baqer, the prominent human rights activist, complained of maltreatment in the same prison after his arrest.

Later, Esraa Abdel Fattah, the prominent activist and one of the icons of the January Revolution and the 6 April Youth Movement, complained that she was beaten after her arrest.

The frequency of torture complaints prompted bloggers to establish a Facebook page “I Have Been Tortured” to collect and archive stories of torture in Egyptian prisons and detention centres.