French Muslim accuses Egypt of brutality

21st December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 21, 2006 (AFP) - A French Muslim deported from Egypt on suspicion of links to terrorist groups on Thursday accused Egyptian authorities of violating his human rights and demanded the French government step in on his behalf.

PARIS, Dec 21, 2006 (AFP) - A French Muslim deported from Egypt on suspicion of links to terrorist groups on Thursday accused Egyptian authorities of violating his human rights and demanded the French government step in on his behalf.

Youri Sorokine told AFP in a statement that he had been defamed as a "terrorist" and subjected to "sytematic brutality" during his detention by being beaten, blindfolded, exposed to cold, deprived of sleep and prodded with an electrified rod.

His lawyer had written a letter to the French foreign ministry asking for "France to officially condemn these crimes and intervene strongly so they are brought to an end," he said, adding that he had also informed international human rights organisations of his case.

Sorokine was among 11 French nationals arrested in Egypt last month and deported to France over the past week. All were released after being questioned by French police on their arrival.

Two Belgians, one American as well as Syrian, Tunisian and Egyptian nationals were also arrested in the Egyptian sweeps, which targeted Salafi Muslim student organisations in Cairo and the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

Egyptian authorities claim Sorokine appeared to have been the leader of the group of fundamentalists, all of them in their 20s and in Egypt to study Arabic and Islam.

The Egyptian interior ministry accused the group of having ties with foreign terrorist organisations and being involved in recruiting militants to wage jihad (holy war) in Iraq.

Egypt is believed to be a key recruitment point for Islamic militants. Several terror suspects detained in Western and other countries in recent years have studied in Cairo or Alexandria.

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