Thursday, January 11, 2007

Egyptian "justice"

Emad Kabeer is an Egyptian cab driver. In January last year, he saw two men assaulting one of his cousins on a crowded Cairo street, so he stopped and asked them what they were doing. The men turned out to be plainclothes police, and for his curiousity Emad was arrested. While in custody, he was kicked, beaten, and sodomised with a stick. The torture was videoed and distributed to others as a warning not to question the police.

Two of Emad's torturers have since been detained. Meanwhile, yesterday, he was jailed for three months on a charge of "resisting authority". In Egypt, resisting illegal sexual torture by the police is apparently a crime.