CAIRO – Egyptian authorities have detained two police officers on orders from a state prosecutor over allegations that they had tortured a lawyer to death inside a police station.
The state MENA news agency says Prosecutor Mohammed Abdel-Shafi, in the Eastern Cairo prosecution department, summoned seven policemen from the station where the alleged incident took place for questioning on Thursday. Five were later released.
The two have not been charged.
The state-run Al-Ahram news outlet identified the slain man as lawyer Karim Mohammed, who was arrested during a recent anti-police rally that was led by the Islamists.
Al-Ahram reported that the lawyer's death from torture was the third such case in as many days at the same police station. The two others were a suspected drug trafficker and an Islamist protester.