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Ahmed Abdel Naby, a prisoner who died at the Old Cairo police station on Tuesday, was tortured to death, a report by medical examiners has found according to Abdel Nagy's brother.
Abdel Naby had been badly beaten, and suffered a skull crack and abdominal bleeding, his brother said the report showed, adding that his corpse bore clear marks of torture.
Abdel Nagy's brother, who was not named by Al-Masry Al-Youm, quoted other prisoners as saying that his brother was beaten to death, and added that doctors at Qasr al-Aini Hospital refused to admit him after discovering the signs of torture.
He said that Abdel Naby had previously suffered from a psychological disorder but recovered after a long period of treatment.
He added that on the day of his death, he offered to help a woman who was cleaning her car, but the woman became scared and yelled for help, accusing him of trying to steal the vehicle. He was arrested.
"My brother did not have a criminal record," he said. "One officer had told me they would only hand him over as a dead body."
Brig. Gen. Ayman al-Saeedi, chief officer at the Old Cairo police station, said Abdel Nagy had been incarcerated over charges of attempted car heist. He said he lost consciousness and his health deteriorated when he was put in jail, and died later at the hospital.
Saeedi denied subjecting Abdel Naby to any sort of torture, and claimed that the prisoner had a hysterical fit that led him to hit his head against a wall and die.
Abdel Naby’s relatives submitted a complaint at Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, accusing police officers of torturing him to death. They based their accusations on the accounts of Abdel Naby’s co-prisoners.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm