Brief description of case:
- Charged in the case of the bombing of the sports stadium in Kafr al-Sheikh in which three military academy students were killed on April 15, 2015.
- Lotfy was arrested four days after the bombing as he returned home from his mosque.
- The day after his arrest, Lotfy’s mother sent telegrams to the public prosecution’s office and to the prosecutor general seeking information but received no response.
- Lotfy’s parents heard nothing of their son for 76 days and did not see him until he was transferred to Tanta Prison.
- Later, Lotfy he said that his interrogators tortured him. They stripped him and gave him electric shocks on multiple parts of his body, including his genitals. They threatened to arrest his mother and sister.
- In a room they called the “oven,” they forced him into various stress positions. They hung him by his legs, for six-hour sessions, or by his arms, slung over the top of a door behind his back. Sometimes, they laid him over the upturned legs of a chair, with his hands and legs tied together.
- His father said: “The whole case was built on torturing Lotfy after he forcibly disappeared. If they did this to me – and I’m old – and they accused me of blowing up the World Trade Center, I’d admit it.”
- In March 2016, seven defendants were sentenced to death in the Kafr al-Sheikh stadium case, four of whom were in custody, including Lotfy.
- Lotfy is now held in solitary confinement in Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab Prison.