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Afroto murderers’ trial adjourned to Sep. 8

CAIRO - 12 August 2018: The Cairo Criminal Court decided Saturday to postpone the trial of two policemen until September 8, over torturing a citizen at police station to death.

South Cairo Prosecution had referred a police officer and a police conscript of Mokattam police station to an emergency trial, accusing them of beating a citizen called Afroto to death, and unlawfully detaining him.

The Forensic Medicine Department has confirmed that Mohamed Abdel Hakim (aka Afroto) died after being beaten, refuting former claims of his death as a result of a drug overdose.

By measuring the concentration of drugs in Afroto’s body, the forensic report found that the victim did not abuse a deadly overdose of drugs. The report also found that the severe injuries caused by assaulting the victim were the certain cause of his death.

Two policemen including an officer have been charged with beating Afroto to death. Interrogations showed that Afroto, accused by the police of abusing drugs, was illegally kept in custody.

The accused officer’s lawyer, Tarek Gamil, called on the Cairo Criminal Court to summon the members of the committee formed by the Forensic Medicine Department to ask them some questions concerning their report.

According to the prosecution’s decision, policeman, Mohamed A., is accused of pushing down Afroto, while the other defendant, police officer, Mohamed S., is accused of kicking him in the chest causing him the injuries cited in a former forensic report. In its statement, the prosecution accused both policemen of beating the victim to death without the intention to kill him.

A former forensic report revealed that the cause of Afroto’s death was an internal bleeding caused by a broken rib, and a laceration in the left lung due to a severe hit on a solid object. The report, thus, contradicts with some police allegations that Afroto died due to drugs over dose.

Moreover, the forensic report said that th

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