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Families of Egypt prisoners complain of ill-treatment by police

A picture taken during a guided tour organised by Egypt's State Information Service on February 11, 2020, shows an Egyptian police officer entering the Tora prison in the Egyptian capital Cairo. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)
A picture taken during a guided tour organised by Egypt's State Information Service on February 11, 2020, shows an Egyptian police officer entering the Tora prison in the Egyptian capital Cairo. [KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images]

Families of Egyptian prisoners at Abu Zaabal Prison have called for saving their sons from a "slow death" as a result of the treatment they are being subjected to by the prison services, Sharqia news website reported yesterday.

The families said in their complaint that they too were subjected to inhuman treatment by the prison services during their family visits.

"We were exposed to insults and verbal and physical abuse," the families said, according to the news website.

"The situation is very bad. There is no food or water. The police only allowed families to carry in only two pieces of meat and an apple for each prisoner. Nothing more is allowed. They do not allow the entry of covers or clothes."

They added: "We appeal to the officials to save our prisoners at Abu Zaabal from bad and inhuman treatment."

In their complaint, the families said that they were subject to verbal and physical abuse. "Save us and save our sons," the families said.

Human rights groups regularly highlight the ill-treatment of prisoners in Egyptian jails.

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