On November 16, 2010, Amnesty International (AI) called on Egyptian authorities to investigate the death of 19-year-old Ahmed Shaaban, who was allegedly tortured to death in police custody after disappearing on November 7, 2010. Authorities denied having any record of arresting Shaaban, even though his family received an anonymous phone call while he was missing that claimed he had been arrested. Egyptian authorities have been repeatedly accused of human rights abuses, allegations which led the country to suspend 280 police officers in December 2008. Outrage over the death of Shaaban and other civil rights violations by the regime of President Hosni Mubarak helped precipitate uprisings and demonstrations which forced Mubarak to step down in February 2011.
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