Egyptian Blogger Who Posted Videos of Police Torture Is Arrested, Released


A 2008 cable released by WikiLeaks appears to laud Abbas for his role in securing the conviction of the officers, referring to an "influential blogger and human rights activist", though his name is redacted.

"We want to do everything we can to assist him in exposing police abuse," reads the cable. "'XXXXXXXXXXXXX' post of a video showing two policemen sodomizing a bus driver was used as the main evidence to convict the officers in November 2007."

The unnamed "prominent Egyptian blogger" discussed in the cable contacted the U.S. government for help in getting Google to restore two videos to his YouTube account -- videos showing a man allegedly shot by police and another of a woman being tortured.

Other videos on Abbas's blog and YouTube channel show apparent torture and abuse for which no officer apparently faced consequences. There are numerous clips of slapping, beating, kicking and humiliation. One clip shows a man hanging from a door frame covered in blood from apparent lashings, screaming in agony.

Abbas said the video is from a police station in the city of Port Said.

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On Thursday, Abbas told ABC News he was worried about retribution for his role in publicizing police abuses. He said he refused to stay on the phone for more than a minute at a time.

"I'm afraid for my life," Abbas told ABC News. "I need to figure out what I'm going to do and where I'm going to go."

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