Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Egypt 'fabricated terror group'

BBC News, December 11, 2007

Egyptian riot police confront anti-torture demonstration
Emergency rule gives state security sweeping powers of detention
A US-based human rights group has accused the Egyptian government of using torture and false confessions in a high-profile anti-terrorism case.

Twenty-two alleged members of an unknown Islamist group, the Victorious Sect, were accused of planning attacks on tourism sites and gas pipelines.

Human Rights Watch says its research suggests the security forces may have fabricated the group's name. It reports claims the case was used to justify renewing emergency laws.

Although the state prosecutor dismissed the charges against the suspects, 10 of them are still believed to be in detention.

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