Hamas says member tortured to death in Egypt jail

The Hamas movement on Tuesday charged that the brother of one of the Palestinian group's chief spokesmen was tortured to death in an Egyptian prison.

Hamas says member tortured to death in Egypt jail

The Hamas movement on Tuesday charged that the brother of one of the Palestinian group's chief spokesmen was tortured to death in an Egyptian prison.

Youssef Abu Zuhri, the brother of a senior Hamas spokesman, was arrested on April 28 after crossing into the Egyptian Sinai from the Gaza Strip and was tortured while in in custody of the security services, the faction said.

Sami Abu Zuhri said his brother died from weeks of "brutal torture in an Egyptian prison" that led to severe bleeding.

"They wanted to get information from him to convict me. Certainly he had nothing to say because there was nothing to tell," the spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri told reporters.

"In one brief telephone call to me, he told me he had lost his sight," Abu Zuhri said, fighting back tears. "'Save me,' were his last words."

Egyptian security sources denied the torture allegation. They said Abu Zuhri, 38, died on Monday from liver and chest ailments and that his body would be returned to his family in the Gaza Strip.

Another Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said Youssef Abu Zuhri had died of internal bleeding.

"We asked Egyptian officials to intervene to save his life. We asked them to send him to a hospital," Barhoum said. "We condemn this murder. He was tortured to death."

Barhoum said Egypt continued to hold several Hamas prisoners, including Ayman Nofal, a military commander arrested for crossing into the Sinai last year. Barhoum urged their release.


Agencies
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