The bodies of 37 Muslim Brotherhood members who died in police custody on Sunday have arrived in Cairo's main morgue, with eyewitnesses saying the bodies bore signs of torture.
Egypt's Interior Ministry claims the detainees died of "gas inhalation and stampede" during a failed attempt to escape from a prisoner transport vehicle while en route to a jail complex in northern Cairo.
Shortly after the bodies arrived to the Zeinhom Mortuary in Cairo, shouts of anger filled the air as victims' relatives had their first look at the bodies.
"We found bodies bearing signs of torture and bullet holes in the head," Islam Abdel-Salam, a doctor who accompanied relatives to the morgue, told Anadolu Agency.
"There were also burns that might have been caused by teargas canisters being fired into a closed, crowded place," he added.
Victims' relatives were asked to sign papers stating that slain family members had died of suffocation. Some agreed to sign the papers, while others refused, an AA correspondent at the scene reported.
Some family members told AA that they had received bodies "bearing burns, signs of torture and gunshot wounds."
In a statement, Egypt's Interior Ministry said that during the transfer of 612 prisoners, 36 had died from excessive teargas inhalation when security forces tried to prevent prisoners from escaping.
However, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of largely Islamist parties and figures supportive of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, put the death toll at 52. The source of the alliance's figure, however, remains unclear.
The alliance has demanded an international investigation into the incident.
The pro-Morsi alliance also accused Egypt's army-backed interim authorities of "systematic violence against – and the cold-blooded murder of – anti-coup protesters."
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2013, 15:42