GLOBAL ECONOMY

Founder: Police close Egyptian center for torture victims

  • FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2016 file photo, Aida Seif el-Dawla, Suzan Fayyad, center, and Magda Adly, right, co-founder of El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, hold a press conference in Cairo. The founder of the Egyptian center that treats victims of torture and trauma said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, that the institution has been closed down by police. El-Dawla told The Associated Press that when staff arrived at the center on Thursday the facility had been sealed off by police and the building's doorman taken into custody for questioning. (AP Photo/Mohamed el Raai, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2016 file photo, Aida Seif el-Dawla, Suzan Fayyad, center, and Magda Adly, right, co-founder of El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, hold a press conference in Cairo. The founder of the Egyptian center that treats victims of torture and trauma said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, that the institution has been closed down by police. El-Dawla told The Associated Press that when staff arrived at the center on Thursday the facility had been sealed off by police and the building's doorman taken into custody for questioning. (AP Photo/Mohamed el Raai, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2016 file photo, Aida Seif el-Dawla, Suzan Fayyad, center, and Magda Adly, right, co-founder of El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, hold a press conference in Cairo. The founder of the Egyptian center that treats victims of torture and trauma said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, that the institution has been closed down by police. El-Dawla told The Associated Press that when staff arrived at the center on Thursday the facility had been sealed off by police and the building's doorman taken into custody for questioning. (AP Photo/Mohamed el Raai, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2016 file photo, Aida Seif el-Dawla, Suzan Fayyad, center, and Magda Adly, right, co-founder of El Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, hold a press conference in Cairo. The founder of the Egyptian center that treats victims of torture and trauma said Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, that the institution has been closed down by police. El-Dawla told The Associated Press that when staff arrived at the center on Thursday the facility had been sealed off by police and the building's doorman taken into custody for questioning. (AP Photo/Mohamed el Raai, File)  (The Associated Press)

The founder of an Egyptian center that treats victims of torture and trauma says the institution has been closed down by police.

Prominent psychiatrist Dr. Aida Seif Dowla tells The Associated Press that when staff arrived at the Al-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence on Thursday the facility had been sealed off by police and the building's doorman taken into custody for questioning.

The closure comes as Dowla has been fighting a court order from the Egyptian Cabinet to have the center shuttered. The order has never been made public but is reportedly based on vague claims of violations of Health Ministry regulations.

The center is also one of a number of non-government organizations under investigation on charges of illegally receiving foreign funds.