Roumieh torture scandal suspects referred to military court

Published June 23rd, 2015 - 01:00 GMT

The case of five security officers accused of involvement in the Roumieh Prison torture scandal was referred to the Military Tribunal Tuesday after preliminary interrogations were finalized, a judicial source told The Daily Star.

State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud asked investigators to wrap up preliminary interrogations with the five police officers arrested over alleged involvement in the torture of Islamist inmates, the source said.

The men were referred to Military Prosecutor Judge Saqr Saqr who will evaluate the case before filing formal charges against them.

Once charged, the men will be referred to Investigative Judge Riyad Abu Ghayda who will issue their official arrest warrants.

The five police officers include two who carried out the beatings, one who filmed the incidents and two others who knew about them but failed to come forward, Hammoud told The Daily Star Monday.

Hammoud said the last two had also received and published photos of the incident online.

Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said the videos were filmed when security forces quelled riots by Islamist inmates in April.

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