Middle East Eye By Nadine Dahan Posted Fri., July 28, 2017
Images of the body of an Egyptian man found two days after he was arrested marked by what appears to be evidence of torture emerged on social media on Tuesday.
Tharwat Sameh, 19, is alleged to have disappeared following his arrest on Saturday. His body was found on the street in al-Fayyum, 60 kilometres south of Cairo, on Monday.
His friends identified him after images were circulated online, which led to the hashtag #Tharwat_Sameh appearing on social media.
It is not known what happened to the body after its discovery.
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If proved true, this would be the second incident of its kind in Egypt in the past week. On 18 July, Gamal Aweida, a 43-year-old Coptic Christian man, was arrested by police and 15 hours later his family was notified by police of his death.
Amnesty International released a report on Friday calling for Egypt to investigate Aweida’s death. “The evidence strongly suggests that Gamal Aweida was tortured to death by Egyptian police,” it said.
“Years of impunity have emboldened perpetrators of such abuses in Egypt, giving security forces free rein to torture and ill-treat detainees without fearing any consequences,” said Najia Bounaim, Amnesty’s North Africa campaigns director.
The EU also released a country report on Egypt on 17 July highlighting cases of torture and death in police custody.
“Reports of alleged torture and ill treatment in detention, including deaths resulting from torture or medical negligence, continue to appear, in some cases leading to the prosecution of police agents,” it said.
Some translated tweets:
By AbdElrahman Fares: “He was arrested and then disappeared for two days, they found him today, a body marked with the scars of torture, thrown on a desert road in al-Fayyum, his picture was circulated until someone identified him. His name: Tharwat Sameh.”
By HEBA: “Just by seeing the picture you could die of hurt. How exactly could someone do this? Even animals never do this. What is this hate and disease?”
By ElShâwêêsh: “Tharwat_Sameh an Egyptian young man, 19 years old, arrested then disappeared then killed by torture, and they found his body in the desert. Could the regime possibly have a more horrifying execution technique than this?”