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Detained Egyptian activist waiting for medical treatment
Claims he was tortured and sexually assaulted
Monday, May 29, 2006

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - An Egyptian political activist who said that he was tortured and sexually assaulted last week had a forensic medical exam yesterday but has not been treated for his injuries, his lawyer said.

Mohammed el-Sharkawi, 24, said he was beaten and sodomised with a rolled up piece of cardboard Thursday at a Cairo police station after being arrested following a peaceful protest.

"He has severe pain in his ribs and bleeds when he urinates. It's no exaggeration when we say his life is in danger," el-Sharkawi's lawyer, Gamal Eid, said.

Leila Soueif, who saw el-Sharkawi yesterday while visiting her son, Alaa Abdel Fattah, another political activist who shares the same cell, said el-Sharkawi was in pain, still bruised and couldn't sit down.

Several calls yesterday by The Associated Press to a government spokesman for comment on the activist's case were not answered.

Thursday's protest was in support of a group of judges calling for the independence of the judiciary. It also marked the year anniversary of a protest when police sexually harassed and were violent towards female activists and journalists.

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