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'Beatings and abuse' claims in Egypt custody

29 March 2014 Last updated at 00:36 GMT

Brutal beatings, sexual abuse and electric shock torture are taking place in detention in Egypt, according to testimonies gathered by the BBC.

The accounts cannot be independently verified, but human rights campaigners say there is systematic torture in custody.

Since the army ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last July, an estimated 20,000 people have been rounded up in a massive crackdown on dissent.

A growing number have emerged from police stations and prisons with serious allegations of torture - claims the military-backed government denies.

The BBC's Orla Guerin reports from Cairo.

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