TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Video of police beating naked man stokes protesters' anger in Egypt

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, 8:52 p.m.
 

CAIRO — Egypt's Interior Minister vowed on Saturday to investigate the beating of a naked man by riot police that threatened to further inflame popular anger against security forces, but he suggested that initial results absolve the police of direct abuse.

The beating, caught on camera by The Associated Press, was broadcast live on Egyptian television late Friday as protests raged in the streets outside the presidential palace. The video showed police trying to bundle the naked man into a police van after beating him.

Less than 24 hours after the incident, several thousand anti-government demonstrators marched on the palace, denouncing the police and Islamist President Mohamed Morsy.

Speaking to reporters after Friday's assault, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said initial results from the public prosecutor's investigation show that Hamada Saber, 48, was undressed by “rioters” during skirmishes between police and protesters. He was then hit in the foot by a bird shot, the interior minister said.

He stopped short of saying whether the injury was a result of police firing into the crowds.

“The central security forces then found him lying on the ground and tried to put him in an armored vehicle, though the way in which they did that was excessive,” said Ibrahim.

In the video, Saber's pants are around his ankles, and at least seven black-clad riot police are beating him with sticks. He's then dragged along the muddy pavement and tossed into a police van.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Comets hold life building blocks
  2. Al-Qaida group in Syria targeted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes
  3. Senate to grill United Nations agency chief Amano on Iran nuclear pact
  4. Firebombing kills Palestinian toddler, wounds family; Jewish settlers blamed
  5. ISIS suspected in abduction of Indian citizens in Libya
  6. Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
  7. Dissension cracks Taliban leadership
  8. Israelis remember how summer conflict affected beach ritual
  9. WikiLeaks says U.S. spied on another ally: Japan
  10. Turkey aims guns at Kurdish rebels
  11. Debris on French island possibly that of missing Malaysia Airlines flight