Egypt: young activist dies, movement denounces torture

Supporter of ex candidate Sabbahi, funerals today in Tahrir

04 February, 11:36

Clashes in Tahrir square in Cairo (archive foto) Clashes in Tahrir square in Cairo (archive foto)

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO - A young activist of the Egyptian Popular Current movement led by the former presidential candidate Hamdin Sabbahi died Sunday in a hospital in Cairo where he was being treated since January 28, health ministry spokesman Ahmed Omar has said. Mohamed Nabil el Guendi, 28, was in a coma with cerebral oedema and an internal hemorrhage. The movement denounced that the activist had disappeared from Tahrir square and accused authorities of kidnapping and torturing him.

The spokesman said Guendi disappeared for four days before arriving at the Helal hospital on January 28. He was unconscious at the time. Prosecutors have opened an investigation over the Popular Current movement's allegations that the activist was kidnapped and tortured by security forces. 'This is a premeditated act and shows the return of old practices like kidnappings, torture and aggression', said the party in a statement. Guendi's funeral will take place Monday afternoon at the Omar Makram mosque in Tahrir square and will be attended by Sabbahi.

Meanwhile the situation was calm on Monday morning after clashes resumed last night near the presidential palace and in the area between the Nile and Tahrir square in the city centre.



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