HRM was able to communicate with the 40 year old victim Hussein Mohamed Radwan Hassan's family. According to his family Hussein from Sharqeya was arrested while visiting a friend on January 24th, 2016 without legal support or arrest warrant and without justification.
He was taken to the Qareen Police Station and transferred 4 hours later to Abu Hamad Police Station before he was again moved to the state security camp in Zagazig where he breathed his last breath the following day after being brutally tortured. His family stated that it learnt of his death from the state paper which alleged he had committed suicide quoting security sources.
In an unusual twist security sources alleged the victim committed suicide while in detention as opposed to the usual statements of detained civilians dying following clashes with security or a drop in blood circulation. His family accused the authorities of killing Hussein asserting before his death he had perfect health.
Officials remain obstinate and have not handed over his body for burial. A security official informed the family to sign a statement allowing their son had committed suicide and promising they would not accuse the interior ministry of killing their son. Furthermore they were asked to sign a statement confirming they would bury him in secret before they were handed over the body.
However his family refused and the body to date remains held at the Ahrar Hospital in Zagazig.
According to HRM documentations Egypt witnessed in 2015, 440 extrajudicial killings. Victims were either shot, thrown from buildings and subjected to medical neglect or brutal torture.
HRM condemns the killing of Hussein by security forces and calls for an immediate investigation to be opened with accountability of all responsible for his death in front of a free, transparent and just court. Moreover it calls on the authorities to respect international laws, agreements and covenants ratified by Egypt regarding systematic killings demanding its end.