Target: Abdel Ghaffar, Egyptian Minister of the Interior Magdy
Goal: Immediately release Islam Khalil, ensure he is free from torture, harassment and abuse, and investigate allegations he was tortured and abused in custody.
When Islam Khalil’s family paid his 50,000 Egyptian Pound ($5,510) bail, they thought that his year-long forced disappearance was coming to an end. Instead, after he was transferred to Alexandria’s Second al-Raml police station to complete release procedures, Mr. Khalil was allegedly beaten by officers with metal pipes and then charged with assaulting a police officer. Neither his lawyer nor his family have been allowed access to him.
Over Islam Khalil’s year-long detention, he has alleged that he has been beaten by guards on several occasions, tortured, and threatened with death. Further, he alleges that the Egyptian National Security Agency falsified the date of his arrest in their reports, and used confessions elicited through torture as evidence against him. These allegations have not been investigated by Egyptian authorities. Sign our petition and demand the release of Islam Khalil, that he be free from torture and harassment, and that his allegations that he was tortured be investigated.
Dear Minister Ghaffar,
I am writing to you regarding the continued detention of Islam Khalil. His family recently paid his bail in order to secure his release. Accordingly, he was transferred to Alexandria’s Second al-Raml Police Station to complete release procedures. Instead of being released, he was reportedly beaten with water pipes until he lost consciousness, and now faces the charge of assaulting a police officer.
This is not the first time that Mr. Khalil has alleged that he has been abused in custody. On several occasions over more than a year in custody he has reported beatings, torture, and denial of medical treatment. These allegations have not been investigated.
It is the duty of the Egyptian government to uphold the rights of its citizens. As such, I urge you to secure the immediate release of Islam Khalil, and to ensure he is free from abuse and harassment. Furthermore, I urge you to investigate each report of abuse, and ensure that those responsible face justice.
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