Khaled Al-Adawy: Egyptian political detainee tortured to death by National Security

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The Egyptian Network for Human Rights said that the Egyptian businessman Khaled Al-Adawy, who died in Omrania Police Station, was tortured to death.

The network said in a statement that it worked over a couple of months on gathering information over the suspected death of political detainee, Adawy.

Adawy’s full name is Khaled Hussein Saad Al-Adawy, 51. He works as a businessman and has a garments factory, Puncho, in Al Karm Al Akhdar, Giza. He was previously arrested on 5 August 2014, but he was released later without a trial.

According to the report, Adawy was arrested from his company on 16 July and detained in the National Security office in Sheikh Zaid, where he was blindfolded and handcuffed.

There, Adawy was interrogated under torture with sticks, beatings, and electric shock on his genitalia and was also verbally assaulted. The network said that this was supervised by the National Security officer Omar, nicknamed Abdel Rahman, and officer Sherif, nicknamed Ahmed, and police secretary Ahmed Hanafy. Adawy deteriorated and had severe vomiting and diarrhea and begged for them to refer him to a doctor, but they refused until he collapsed. Then, they had to transfer him to a hospital.

On 27 July, Adawy resurfaced before the Supreme State Security Prosecution, while he was in a miserable state, attending by ambulance while on IV fluids and with severe symptoms. Despite this the SSSP ordered him into custody for 15 days pending investigations. According ENHR, SSSP’s decision was implicitly a death sentence regarding the overcrowding and poor ventilation in Omrania Police Station, where Adawy was jailed.

Adawy died on 2 August. The report revealed that the certificate of death ignored torture marks on his body, though they were clear. ENHR pointed out that the attorney general shows inaction towards the serious violations that are committed inside National Security offices, which the National Security use illegally as detention centres without judicial oversight.