Karim Soliman tortured in prison

Remember Karim Soliman, the blogger who has sentenced to four years in prison for insulting Islam and President Mubarak? He is now being tortured because he uncovered corruption among prison officials:
Karim reported his torture to his lawyers in the Arabic Network and Hisham Mubarak Center. The torture was perpetrated by another prisoner and a prison guard on the order of Midhat Samir, one of the prison's investigation officers. This assault resulted from Karim uncovering an act of corruption in the prison. He was prevented from officially reporting the incident and denied the right to document his injuries in a medical report. The Arabic Network for Human Rights information and Hisham Mubarak Centre for Law mentioned in their communiqué to the Prosecutor-General that the assault on Karim involved the following details:

- He was beaten in ward number 22, where he was imprisoned at the time of the assault. The beating was launched by another prisoner and a prison guard in the presence and under the supervision of officer Midhat Samir. Samir also gave the green light for the assault, which resulted in a broken "upper right canine tooth" along with a number of bruises and abrasions to various parts of the body.

- He was transferred to a disciplinary cell, where he was handcuffed and had his feet put in shackles. He was beaten again, causing more injuries.

- Another inmate was brought to the scene, where they stripped him out of his clothes and beat him severely in front of prisoner Kareem Soliman as they also threatened to inflict upon him the same punishment, if he didn't mind his own business.
The associations representing Karim have now filed a lawsuit for him to be transfered to a different prison.

Update: Also, a man has been reported to die of his torture wounds in Cairo. His family found him in a coma outside a police station, his body covered in cigarette burns.
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