Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Family says Egypt security executed Yousif Abu Zuhri

Relatives of Yousef Abu Zuhri mourn during his funeral in Rafah in the southern
Gaza Strip, October 14, 2009. Abu Zuhri died in an Egyptian prison where he
was held for entering Egypt illegally. His family says the young man died after
being tortured by Egyptian State Security. [MaanImages/Hatem Omar]

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Abu Zuhri family on Tuesday accused Egyptian State Security of executing Yousif Abu Zuhri, brother of a Hamas spokesman, in October 2009.

At a press conference in Gaza City, family members said they had received new information from two Gaza residents recently released from Egyptian prisons.

The former detainees said Yousif Abu Zuhri was brought to the interrogation center in Egypt's Nasr City where they were being held. On October 10 2009, interrogators tortured Abu Zuhri with electric shocks for an hour until he died, the ex-prisoners said,

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said his brother did not die of ill health as claimed by Egyptian security at the time, but was rather tortured to death.

"The recent testimonies revealed all ambiguities about the martyrdom of Yousif Abu Zuhri," he said.