Parents of a defendant charged with killing his grandfather in Helwan, who has been given an custodial sentence, asked an investigation be reopened into the case after they confirmed that the real defendant is not their son.
The investigation was initiated immediately following the crime carried detailed confessions by their son. A Court of Cassation hearing is expected to re-examine the previous verdict.
The parents are caught between a longing to hug their son and the fear of brutal practices carried out by Helwan s chief of detectives, Zubaydah Mohamed Ibrahim and her husband Ibrahim Mohammed Abdel Halim Mahjoub.
Despite the emergence of the real defendant and his confession before the Prosecution Office, Helwan s chief of detectives refuses to arrest the real defendant – according to the parents – and insists on detaining the innocent son amid threats of torture and sodomy, according to the mother.
Special investigations on the circumstances of the incident led to the arrest of my son Ahmed as a scapegoat to wrap-up the case, after which he was tortured and was forced to admit to a crime he had not committed, the mother said.
The crying mother adds, They forced my son to confess under the chief of detectives threat to sodomize him. The chief of detectives refused to listen to the testimony of Mohamed Lashin and Mahmoud Jumaa, who requested to allow them to make their depositions in the case. They went to the Prosecution Office where they confirmed that my son was not the real killer and that the real murderer had confessed the murder before them.
According to the mother, the two witnesses added before the prosecutor that the defendant confirmed before us that the motivation behind the perpetration of the crime was to steal from the victim. He also confirmed that he stole from the grandfather, the victim, more than once.
“When the old man discovered the last robbery attempt and identified the perpetrator, the young man decided to get rid of him by suffocating him. When the old man made a cry for help, the defendant hit him with an implement he used to open the victim s box.
The mother dropped a bombshell when she revealed that the two witnesses had made a recording on a cassette tape which included the real murderer s confession and headed for the chief of detectives but he refused to meet them.
They then went to the Prosecution Office, which accordingly demanded to see the real defendant Ramadan Fawzy.
The real perpetrator admitted to the crime, said the father of the accused. “We have documented evidence. The prosecutor decided to release him, but the chief of detectives insisted that the real killer was my son. The chief of detectives accused me of paying LE 130,000 to the witnesses to rescue my son.
He added, Despite the testimony of the witnesses and the confession of the real perpetrator, my son is still imprisoned after a court sentenced him to prison. I hope the Court of Cassation will release him or the Attorney General will re-open investigation until the truth is revealed.
My son and my father liked one another and it was impossible that one of them could hurt the other, he said, breaking down in tears.