Exposing police torture with mobile phone video

A video of a 13 year old, Mohamed Mamdouh Abdel Aziz, being tortured by Egyptian police was captured on a mobile phone and is being used by activists to press for reforms within the justice system.

The video, which soared across the Egyptian blogosphere in August, allegedly showed the boy hours before he died from his injuries, and not long after he was released by police in the town of Mansoura, 75 miles north of Cairo; local media reported he had been arrested for stealing a few bags of tea a week earlier.

The explicit 13-minute clip is the latest of some dozen amateur videos - mostly from mobile phone cameras - showing systematic torture in Egyptian police stations.

Human rights activists "now have ways to document torture victims. Now we have real credibility," said Tarek Khater, chairman of the Association for Human Rights and Legal Aid, a nongovernmental group that offers free legal services to torture victims.

To view the video - which contains shocking images - go to http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8554169153312865114