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Monday, December 10, 2012

Surprise: Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt runs torture facilities

I'm sure you'll all be shocked - just shocked - to hear that the Egyptian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood maintains torture chambers for opponents the Morsy regime.
The Muslim Brotherhood operates a carefully controlled network of torture chambers designed to violently dehumanize opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, according to a journalist who exclusively toured the facilities this week.
Mohamad Jarehi, writing for the privately owned Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, described imposing iron barriers and armed government guards who stand watch in front of the Brotherhood’s central torture facility, which is located in the Egyptian suburb of Heliopolis.
“The torture process starts once a demonstrator who opposes President Mohammed Morsi is arrested in the clashes, or is suspected after the clashes end,” Jarehi wrote, according to an English translation of Al-Masry Al-Youm’s Arabic-language article completed by the Middle Eastern media website Al-Monitor.
“Then, the group members trade off punching, kicking and beating him with a stick on the face and all over his body. They tear off his clothes and take him to the nearest secondary torture chamber.”
According to Jarehi, who spent three hours in the torture chambers with other Egypt-based journalists, the captors then begin demanding answers from their detainees.


“Before the interrogation process starts, they search him, seize his funds, cellphones or ID, all the while punching and slapping his face in order to get him to confess to being a thug and working for money,” Jarehi wrote.
“They ask him why he took to the street [and] whether he got paid to take part in the protest. … As long as this person denies the allegations, they beat him and insult his parents. After that, a person will videotape the interrogation and contact the Misr 25 TV channel to tell them about the interrogation and arrest.”
Jarehi claimed to have observed numerous detainees in dire physical condition: Some were unable to speak, while others were covered in blood. Few, Jarehi claimed, received any form of medical assistance during their stay in the torture chamber.
Read the whole thing.

I'm amazed Jarehi had the guts to write about this, knowing he could be arrested and sent there again as a result. Or maybe the Brotherhood wants people to know about it as intimidation. 

I wonder how many Egyptians are wishing they had Mubarak back....

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At 1:33 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Obama...."It's an internal matter. We fully support the Muslim Brotherhood."


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