The Western Cairo Prosecution ordered the detention of four police officers, accusing them of torturing a man in the Hadayek Al-Quba police station to death, according to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram.
The officers are to spend four days in detention pending investigations. They are accused of torturing a man named Ahmed Sayed to death, using excessive power, and forging official papers.
Among the main defendants is Tamer Farrag, who was sacked by the Ministry of Interior from his position as head of the investigation bureau of the police station after the incident took place.
Sayed, 31, was arrested and interrogated for theft-related charges, but was then announced dead.
Preliminary reports and statements by anonymous sources at the ministry said that Sayed suffered a stroke and died in hospital, which contradicts the prosecution’s findings.
After Sayed’s family heard about the death of their relative, dozens of people protested in front of the police station, demanding those allegedly responsible for the death of Sayed to be held responsible. After the case escalated, newly appointed Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik announced that the case will be investigated by the prosecution.