Human Rights Monitor has closely followed the sad events where three students were abducted by police in civil dress Saturday afternoon. Only a few hours later two of the students who were accused of planting bombs were killed by a bomb and the third was critically injured…
Police had earlier abducted law student Sohaib Abdul Karim Mohamed Hendawy, 19, Gehad Ahmed Abul Rous 24, and Mohamed Hamadalla.
Sohaib's family reported to HRM that he was with the 2 other students visiting a friend when police forces fired live bullets while they were returning on Hayha Alibrahimiya Rd and abducted, They said, they were surprised to find the burnt bodies of Sohaib and Gehad Ahmed on March 21, close to the city council building after police alleged they had died while planting the bomb which set off although they were arrested by security forces at the time.
Not only did security forces kill the students but they also prevented their families from collecting their bodies from the hospital in Zagazig where they were taken following the disturbing accident, completely violating national and international agreements accusing the victims of crimes they did not commit and lastly preventing their families from burying them.
Illegal killings by police are no longer individual incidents but have rather become the norm in a country which has revealed that it disregards ratified international and national human rights conventions. Egyptian police in Alexandria shot live bullets at one civilian Ahmed Gabr in his home in front of his wife and two children last week. The killing was similar to a shooting earlier where Sayed Shaarawy was also killed in his home in Giza, His body remained detained by authorities in an effort to get his family to sign a statement that he had committed suicide and not shot.been
For its part HRM holds the Egyptian authorities and Sharqeya heads of security fully responsible for the killings of the victims violating all human rights laws and conventions chartered.
HRM urges the Egyptian authorities to respect the most basic right to live and to respect article 6 and 9 cited with regards to civil and political rights stating that everyone has the right to recognition ad protection everywhere as a person before the law. HRM also states that those responsible for the deaths should be held accountable before the law.
Moreover it calls for an immediate investigation to be opened and to put on trial those responsible for the students' deaths. It also calls on the Egyptian judiciary to remain impartial and not to not cover up the crimes committed against the civilians….