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Family of Palestinian Murdered in Turkey: Egypt Approves Autopsy

Family of Palestinian Murdered in Turkey: Egypt Approves Autopsy

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019 - 07:45
The daughter and son (pictured April 2019) of Zaki Mubarak hold his picture during an interview in their family home AFP/File
Dubai - Musaid Al-Zayani

The Egyptian Public Prosecutor's Office has decided to perform another autopsy on the body of Zaki Mubarak, said his family who has claimed that he was tortured by Turkish authorities.

After checking the body of the Palestinian man on its arrival in Egypt, the family saw the signs of torture. 

"His tongue was removed and we saw marks of torture on the corpse," said Abs Mubarak, his cousin, who is in Cairo.

He continued that there were torture marks on the neck and head. There were also signs that his hands were cuffed behind his back, and a hole on the bottom of his right foot likely caused by a sharp electronic machine. 

During a phone call with Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Abs said that after the autopsy is over, the family will have the choice to send the body to Palestine.

His Brother Zakaria Mubarak told Asharq Al-Awsat earlier that the family has called on all international bodies and organizations to set up an independent commission to investigate Zaki’s death.

The 55-year-old man had traveled to Turkey after his retirement to search for a job, he added. 

The Istanbul prosecutor's office had claimed that a man was found hanging in his solitary confinement at Silivri Penitentiaries Campus. Turkey claims that Mubarak had confessed to spying on Arab citizens, and was facing espionage charges.

The Arab Organization for Human Rights denounced Turkey for torturing the Palestinian detainee to death, and demanded that the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment sends a committee to examine the body and stop the Turkish authorities from hiding their crime.

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