Human Rights Monitor received a complaint following the disappearance of Dr Ossama Anwar Mohamed Ali a teacher assistant at the Assuit University who was kidnapped from his home on Saturday October 11, 2014 to an unknown place. His family and lawyers filed a complaint to the prosecutor general outlining that his whereabouts remain unknown. To date, they have received no reply.
HRM also received another complaint of the kidnap and torture of Mahmoud Qutb Mohamed a 27 year old from Dayrout Assuit who is currently detained in the Assuit 2nd Police Headquarters. According to his family Qutb lived abroad and had returned to Egypt to prepare an apartment for his family for living when he was kidnapped and tortured by security personnel in civil dress. He was denied contact with the outside world since his kidnapping without reason or explanation on August 26, while he was traveling using public transport.
Qutb was taken to Lazoghly Security Headquarters where he was hung by his arms and tortured. He was continually beaten into the next day during investigation and was asked to confess to crimes he did not commit. He was also electrocuted and beaten all over his body and was denied treatment after being beaten and injured causing bleeding to a wound where he had been previously operated on.
As a result of his continued torture Qutb, confessed to crimes he did not commit nevertheless the torture continued for four more days and he was moved to the Azouly prison where he was tortured further in a cell next to other cells where other torturing and relentless screams was going on.
The accusations leveled against Qutb include belonging to an outlawed group such as Ansar Beit Almaqdes, and the Syrian troops and the attempt to assassinate a security officer in addition to receiving military training abroad with the intention to perform assassinations on Egyptian military officers to disrupt national stability.
Qutb's family confirms in an exclusive statement that Qutb is not affiliated to any movement or political group adding his whereabouts remained unknown for two months as they searched police stations and hospitals but to no avail only to learn later that he was arbitrarily kidnapped and tortured simply for wanting to spend his annual holiday in his country.
Qutb's location remained unknown for two months to the outside world after his kidnapping and today he was brought before prosecution in North Assuit after the prison administration decided to transfer him to the Assuit 2nd Police Headquarters where it was reported that he was arrested October 18, 2014 from a police checking point. He was given a 15 day detention pending investigation and transferred to Dairot Police Station.