World Bulletin/News Desk
A man who had earlier accused Muslim Brotherhood members of "torturing" him near Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in – set up by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi – has now said that police had pressured him to make the unfounded accusation.
In September, Ahmed Hassan Mohamed had accused five Brotherhood members of torturing him and cutting off his finger inside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, which had been the site of a weeks-long pro-Morsi sit-in.
But taking the witness stand on Thursday, Mohamed retracted the allegations, telling the court that the five defendants were innocent of the charges leveled against them.
He went on to accuse a police officer in the capital's New Cairo district of pressuring him to make the accusation to provide justification for the arrest of the five men.
The court has now ordered the policeman in question to give testimony.
The Rabaa al-Adawiya torture claims were widely used by the Egyptian media to discredit not only the Brotherhood but the entire sit-in.
In mid-August, the Rabaa protest camp was violently dispersed by security forces, leaving hundreds of protesters dead and injured.Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ekim 2013, 22:34