Pro-Brotherhood Student Dies in Custody

A student who supports the Muslim Brotherhood has died inside a Cairo Police Station late Sunday due to difficulty in breathing, a security source said.

Mohamed Ramadan Yehia, the deceased, was a law student at the Ain Shams University in Cairo.

Yehia’s family and the pro-Mohamed Mursi “Students against the coup” movement accused the police of torturing him to death. The security source, who preferred to remain anonymous, denied the accusation.

He told Aswat Masriya that the student “had no injuries whatsoever,” adding that he suffered from difficulty in breathing while in detention and died before reaching hospital.

Yehia was arrested 12 days ago for taking photos of security personnel combing the area outside Ain Shams University after receiving a report of a bomb planted there, the source said. He was arrested while in possession of a cell phone where “hostile plots against the army and the police” were stored.

The prosecution accused Yehia, alongside three other students, of planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) outside the metro station and in front of the Ain Shams University. It ordered his detention for 15 days pending investigation.

The “Students against the coup” movement in Ain Shams University mourned Yehia’s death in a statement on Sunday, vowing to “withstand the military regime’s consequent assaults.”

University campuses have witnessed unprecedented violence throughout the past academic year, with at least 16 students killed amid on-campus confrontations with security forces, according to the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression’s (AFTE) Student Observatory.

One Alexandria University student died on October 21 this academic year, after sustaining injuries during on-campus violence on the first week of the year.

The “Students against the coup” movement has been organising protests against the former Islamist president’s ouster throughout the past academic year as well as this year. Protests often devolve into clashes with security forces.

The movement is organising nationwide protests on Monday at the event of the International Students Day.

Source : Aswat Masriya