Groups urge probe of jail conditions of U.S. citizen in Egypt
Two leading rights groups are demanding an independent probe into detention conditions of an Egyptian-American citizen held in Egypt on terrorism charges.
Human Rights Watch and The Freedom Initiative said in a joint statement last Friday that Khaled Hassan had attempted to take his own life while in detention. They say conditions under which he's being held are deplorable.
The rights groups say Hassan had previously alleged he was being tortured and raped while in custody.
HRW's Michael Page, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, says the "Egyptian authorities have sadly earned their miserable reputation for mistreating prisoners, including denying them safe and sanitary prison conditions." (AP)