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Young activists tortured in Egypt

Issue No. 2003

Mohammed Sharkawy protesting outside the journalist’s syndicate in late April

Mohammed Sharkawy protesting outside the journalist’s syndicate in late April

Two prominent members of the Youth for Change movement in Egypt have been arrested and savagely beaten by state security police.

Mohammed Sharkawy and Karim el-Shaer were seized as they were heading to catch a train on Thursday 25 May.

Both men had just been released after a 30?day detention in the notorious Tora prison for protesting for the independence of the judiciary.

Sharkawy and Shaer were beaten and dragged to a police station.

In a message smuggled out of prison, Sharkawy wrote, “In the police station... the beating was more professional, concentrating on particular parts [of my body] with high skill in torture methods and showing a high level of sadism.”

Despite serious injuries, Sharkawy was hooded, bound and dumped back into a cell in Tora prison. On Thursday of last week there were protests in London, Paris, Athens, Seoul, Chicago, New York, Montreal and Beirut, to show solidarity with the democracy movement.

Fax messages of protest to Counsellor Maher Abd al-Wahid, Public Prosecutor Dar al-Qadha al-Ali, +202 577 4716. Copy to Gehad Refaat Madi, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, fax 020 7491 1542

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Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2003
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