New Stories of Torture and Brutality
“Damanhour Five” Tell of Beatings and Electroshock
While Mubarak Visits U.S.
March 7, 2002
On March 4, 2002, five men accused of homosexual conduct
faced a judge in Damanhour, Egypt. They were able to tell attendees at the
trial chilling stories of beatings and electroshock torture inflicted on them
over almost two months of captivity.
On the same day, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met
with U.S. officials, including President Bush, during a visit to the United
States. His hosts lauded him while steadily remaining silent about Egypt’s
persecution of suspected homosexuals.
The trial in Damanhour resumes on March 11. Read the
stories of brutality below (in the “Background” section). Write to
President Mubarak, and to US and European officials. Demand that Egypt stop
the repression and free the “Damanhour five.” Call on Egypt’s powerful
allies to speak out.
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