After months of waiting and speculation, justice is served at last in an Egyptian saga in which a driver was sodomized and tortured by police - who captured their criminal activities on tape to further humiliate their victim.
The night before the latest “Torturing” trial’s eve, Hossam el Hamalawy wrote:
The trial of Captain Islam Nabih and Corporal Reda Fathi–the Boulaq el-Dakrour Police Station sadists who tortured, sodomized driver Emad Kabeer and filmed the abuse to further the humiliation–is expected to come to its final chapter, with a verdict to be issued this Monday, 5 November, at
Dar el-Qadaa el-Aaly, 9am…
Finally, today, Sand Monkey delivered the good news saying:
The Impossible took place today. Justice was served! The Police Officer who sodomized Emad El Kebeer by sticking a broomstick up his ass and videotaped him on his cellphone and was put on trial for it just got a sentence today: 3 years in an Egyptian prison. This, as far as I remember, is a first. A Police Officer held accountable.
And Abna’a Masr wrote a more detailed post after the trial, adding..
أصدرت محكمة جنايات الجيزة حكمها العادل في قضية تعذيب عماد الكبير ، و أدان الحكم الذي تلاه المستشار سمير أبو المعاطي الضابط إسلام نبيه عبد السلام و أمين الشرطة رضا فتحي بجريمة هتك عرض عماد الكبير بعصا وتص
وير الواقعة في قسم شرطة بولاق الدكرور قبل عامين، و حكم بثلاث سنوات سجناً مع الشغل لكل منهما بعد ثبوت صحة الأدلة والشهادات التي قدمها دفاع عماد الكبي
Giza Criminal Court issued its verdict in Emad Al Khabeer's torture case. The judgment read by the Counsellor Sameer Abu Al Ma’aty, sentenced the officer Islam Nabih Abdel-Salam and the constable Reda Fathi in the police crime of sodomisation of Emad with a stick and videotaping in Bulak El Dakror police station two years ago. In addition to that, Islam and Reda, were sentenced to three prison years to prison each after proving the validity of evidence and testimony presented by the defense of Emad Al Kabeer.
Meanwhile, Zeinobia feels the sentence was too short. She writes:
Oh yes for three years only !!!!
Well it is a double edged rule with my all respect , yes it is a great thing and a victory for all those who believed in the right of “Emad” that “Nabih” is found guilty and is going to jail , yet this is too short sentence , three years only !!!
The disaster is not in the rule but the justification of the rule by the Judge “Because of the young age of the accused “Nabih is 27 years old” and their small experience we decided to jail them for three years only !!!!!!!!!!!!”
Young age and small experience !!!
With my all respect when “Emad” was abused he was younger than me , “Emad” 's father died after watching that clip ,small experience , I am sorry but this is a torture case , does torture need expertise so the penalty would be longer than 3 years !!!???
The Arabist adds:
It’s good news in an otherwise pretty awful case — remember that al-Kabir, a bus driver, was sentenced last January to three months of prison for “resisting arrest.” We’ve covered the case a lot as part of the “al-Adly videogate” scandal, when bloggers published several videos of torture in Egyptian police stations.