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Egypt denies torturing US citizen in prison

Prison cells [File photo]
Prison cells [File photo]

Egyptian authorities yesterday denied a Human Rights Watch report claiming it disappeared, tortured and raped an American-Egyptian citizen.

The State Information Service (SIS), affiliated to the Egyptian presidency, said that the “reports are biased, politicised, unprofessional and not properly documented as they conceal and distort facts.”

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday that the “Egyptian authorities forcibly disappeared an Egyptian-American limousine driver, who said authorities also tortured him and held him secretly for four months.”

It identified the man as Khaled Hassan, 41, stating that he “provided detailed allegations of torture, including two allegations of rape.”

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Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Human Rights Watch Michael Page said: “Hassan’s disappearance and detailed allegations of torture and the government’s denials reinforce the reality that Egyptian security forces operate with impunity.”

He added: “Khaled Hassan has been able to bring the gruesome details of his treatment to light, but thousands of others held in Egypt’s prisons have not been able to tell their stories.”

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