Tuesday, 8 March 2011

New evidence condemns Egyptian security in Yousef Abu Zuhri death

[ 08/03/2011 - 06:27 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri has accused the Egyptian security force of killing his brother Yousef in October 2009 while jailed in Egypt based on solid new evidence.

The Abu Zuhri family said they received new details on the incident from two Palestinians held in Egypt at the time of Yousef's death.

Sami said in a press conference he held on Tuesday: ”I met personally with these two men, and they testified before me that they were present on October 10, 2009 in the investigation department of the country's security agency in the city of Nasr, and that Yousef was brought there and was very close to where the witnesses were sitting. They said in their testimony that the deceased was subjected to continuous torture by electric shock until he lost his life.”

”This infers that Yousef didn't die from illness as claimed by Egyptian security sources at the time, or from complications of torture he had undergone during the beginning of his arrest as we had believed for a long time,” Abu Zuhri added.

The Abu Zuhri's expressed hope to reopen an investigation into the death and have the case brought to the courts in light of the new evidence. They have condemned the public prosecutor in Egypt for repeated refusal to consider the option.

At least 40 Palestinians remain jailed in Egypt despite the shift of power in the country and court decisions ruling for their freedom. Palestinian political prisoners across Egypt have gone on hunger strike demanding their release.

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