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Thursday
Nov242011

Journalist Says She Was Sexually Assaulted While in Custody in Cairo

Egyptian demonstrators clash with Egyptian police in central Cairo during a protest to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak and calling for reforms on January 25, 2011. (MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)(CAIRO) -- Acclaimed Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy, released Thursday in Cairo, said Egyptian security forces sexually assaulted and beat her so severely that an arm and hand were broken during her overnight detention.

"I AM FREE," she wrote on her Twitter page just after noon local time. "12 hours with Interior Ministry bastards and military intelligence combined. Can barely type -- must go xray arms after CSF [Central Security Forces] pigs beat me," she tweeted.

Shortly before dawn Thursday, Eltahawy wrote a cryptic tweet that read: "Beaten arrested in interior ministry."

Eltahawy said that while she was in custody "5 or 6 surrounded me, groped and prodded my breasts, grabbed my genital area and I lost count how many hands tried to get into my trousers."

"They are dogs and their bosses are dogs. F*** the Egyptian police," she tweeted.

Clashes have been raging around the Interior Ministry and across Egypt since Saturday, the day after hundreds of thousands turned out to protest the ruling military council's attempts to limit civilian oversight.

Peaceful demonstrations soon turned violent, and the calls went up for the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to step down. For six days, Cairo and other Egyptian cities have seen running battles with riot police, enduring volley after volley of tear gas and rubber-coated metal bullets. Around 40 people have been killed and thousands injured.

During her detention, military intelligence took over, and Eltahawy said she was blindfolded for two hours. Eventually, officials recorded her statement, took pictures and then released her with a promise that they would investigate.

Eltahawy was taken to the hospital, and later posted a smiling photo on Twitter with both her arms in casts.

"The whole time I was thinking about article I would write," she wrote. "Just you f***ers wait."

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