Human Rights Monitor forwarded an urgent complaint to the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances following news received by the family of detainee Eng Abdul Rahman Kamal who was kidnapped and brutally tortured. Kamal received injuries with internal bleeding and his arm was broken. He died during surgery to repair it as a result.
HRM called for the immediate intervention and investigation by Egyptian authorities regarding the authenticity of the alleged reports regarding Kamal.
Abdul Rahman Kamal Omar Mahmoud 23, was kidnapped from his home September 22, 2014 by police and military forces and there was no news of his whereabouts.
Forces stormed his home in the October 6 district scaring his family and breaking the houses belongings. His laptop, mobile, passport and other personal documents and money were confiscated and he was brutally beaten as he was led away blindfolded to a police vehicle with no explanation regarding his arrest.
His family sent numerous telegraphs and reports to the prosecutor general but to no avail and to date have received no reply. Another report number 19935 for 2014 was sent and his father went to the October 6 Police station to learn whatever news he could on his son's arrest however authorities denied he was among the detainees listed with them.
On September 30, yet another telegraph number 20370 for 2014, was sent to the prosecutor and another October 22, was sent to the presidential office calling for information regarding the whereabouts of his son and news concerning his wellbeing. He called for steps to be taken to save and protect his son held in arbitrary detention after being kidnapped.
News began to circulate on December 23rd as to Abdul Rahman Kamel's location and disappearance. His family learnt that he was held in the Azuly military prison after former prisoners informed them that Kamal had been brutally tortured and that his arm was broken and that he died during surgery to repair it.
On learning of his son’s plight his father once again sent a complaint number 25994 for 2014 calling on the prosecutor general to investigate the case and to report any news back to the family including whether he was dead or alive. He demanded information and urged his son's body be returned to him for necessary preparations for burial in the family's burial ground.
According to lawyer, Ossama AlGohary, the kidnapping and unknown place of detention of Abdul Rahman is a complete breach and violation of all constitutional laws. His kidnapping is considered the longest yet and it is feared that he may have been killed as a result of torture.
HRM expresses its deep concern regarding the disappearance of Egyptian citizen Abdul Rahman Kamal holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for his safety and wellbeing.
It also condemns the increasing number of kidnappings as officials continue to deny the arrest and imprisonment of civilians in illegitimate and secret detention centres. Such actions are a complete violation to the laws ratified in the Roman Statute and its consequences is a danger to the detainees', their families and the community.
HRM holds the Egyptian authorities fully accountable for the kidnappings and denounces the Egyptian judiciary and the prosecutor general for failing to follow up hundreds of filed complaints issued by the relatives of the detainees' regarding torture and disappearances.
Lastly HRM calls on the Egyptian government to respect and commit to the ratified international laws agreed upon to protect all citizens from forced disappearances and torture. It also urges the Egyptian government to adhere to the laws stipulated regarding detainees' rights and to respect the very sacredness of life especially for those detained unlawfully in its' prisons.