In a new violation to international agreement state security agents in Kafr Saad arrest 3rd year Azhar University commerce student Khaled Saad Abdallah 20, on April 18th, 2015 without legal support. He was dragged from a clothes store and beaten breaching article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which asserts no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Following his arrest Khaled was subjected to enforced disappearance for 4 days where he was held at the police station, tortured, beaten and electrocuted to confess to crimes he did not commit including rioting and burning of police vehicles. He eventually did on tape. The actions are an infringement to article 15 of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment which cites each State Party shall ensure that any statement which is established to have been made as a result of torture shall not be invoked as evidence in any proceedings, except against a person accused of torture as evidence that the statement was made.
The confessions are considered illegitimate since they were extracted through brutal torture. Moreover the detainee is ill with a heart condition and needs special treatment. Khaled is currently held at the Gamasa Prison and has had his 15 day detention routinely renewed 15 days pending investigation in case number 843 for 2014. He has been denied medication and prevented from sitting his tests. His family has submitted several complaints to the prosecutor general and interior minister requesting his release but to no avail.
For its part, HRM calls on the Egyptian authorities to unconditionally and promptly release Khaled. It holds the state fully responsible for the student's life, safety and wellbeing especially since he has health issues.