CAIRO - Egypt’s military prosecutor said yesterday that it has opened an inquiry into a video showing a dozen Egyptian police and military officers beating and giving electric shocks to two detainees while laughing and filming the torture with their cellphones.
The video circulating on social networking sites shows the two men, one in a gray Egyptian robe and the second in a green shirt, being beaten repeatedly while they are questioned about the source of guns and rifles seized from them in the northern Nile Delta province of Dakahliya.
When they refused to answer, the detainees are repeatedly given electric shocks on their ears and chins.
The footage was a reminder of hated police practices under ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s rule that served as one of the motivating forces behind the popular uprising that toppled Mubarak’s regime in February.
“This is a crime,’’ said Malik Adly, a lawyer and activist at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. “The presence of military police inside a civilian police station, and beating up detainees to force them to confess, is kidnapping.’’
A security official said that the two men were arrested and sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for arms trafficking. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
Egypt’s MENA state news agency said the military prosecutor has opened an inquiry.
Adly said that his center will file a lawsuit to the public prosecutor since military investigations are highly secretive and rights lawyers have never had access to the files of the cases.
“The mentality of the police and the military has not changed,’’ he said. “This is no surprise to us because it is happening everyday, to every detainee.’’