CAIRO: The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) called on the interior ministry to put an end to harassment and intimidation against it in a statement released on Thursday.
ANHRI alleged in the statement that police officers arrested the doorman of the building in which the group’s offices are located on March 17 and “verbally abused and humiliated him because of his failure to inform them about a seminar on news coverage of the judges’ club elections which ANHRI had organized.
The doorman was reportedly detained until the following morning and only released after supplying officers with “cigarettes and food .
The ordeal continued the next morning when the doorman was allegedly again verbally abused and humiliated in an attempt to force him to work as an informer for the police about ANHRI’s activities.
ANHRI director Gamal Eid condemned the intimidation.
“The police actions against this simple man can only be labeled thuggery and corruption. If the interior minister is aware of these practices, this is a disaster. If he does not in fact know, we are informing him here in order to see what action he will take, Eid is quoted as saying in the statement.
Daily News Egypt was unable to reach the police officers for comment.