CAIRO: An investigations judge began Thursday interrogating 39 of 123 protesters arrested during the deadly clashes between protesters and army forces in front of the Cabinet building this week.
The 39 detainees include two women, Hend Nafie and Yousra Salah, both now hospitalized in Sayed Galal Hospital. They claim to have been tortured inside the parliament building with other girls, according to head of Egyptian Center for Social and Economic Rights lawyer Khaled Ali.
Ali also said that 120 protesters are being examined by forensic doctors to identify signs of torture they were subjected to when they were arrested by army forces.
Nafie was arrested during the clashes and was missing for a couple of days before lawyers found out she was hospitalized at El-Kobba military hospital for medical treatment.
According to Ali, Nafie had refused to accept a hospital visit by the head of the ruling military council Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and chanted against military rule as he approached. This resulted in the bad treatment she received by the hospital administration, he said.
Lawyers filed a complaint to transfer her from El-Kobba Hospital to Sayed Galal Hospital where, she complains, the maltreatment continued.
"The hospital staff rejects Nafie and other protesters because they believe protesting is wrong in the first place," Ali said, adding that the center filed a complaint against the hospital.