Egyptian security forces detained a 15-year-old boy on Friday for allegedly manufacturing weapons in his Cairo home to be used in anti-government protests.
The teen was detained on the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.
Pictures of the boy, Abad Ahmed Gamaa, were published on Sunday, showing him standing by the firearms that he was accused of making.
The boy’s family says he was tortured while detained, and is being falsely accused of producing the weapons “to be used against police in demonstrations” and “using his Nasr City residence as a ‘workshop’.”
Egypt’s security department and media have said the boy admitted to using the equipment to make the weapons.
The boy’s lawyer, Ahmed Saad, however, asserts that the weapons in the photo were purposely placed in the picture by security forces to frame the teen of a crime he did not commit.
Saad added that the boy was tortured with electrical shocks and beaten up after being taken into custody.
Since the deposal of the first publicly elected president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013, the military coup leader Abdel Fattah el Sisi has been implementing a huge crackdown on those he accuses of being affiliated with dissident groups.
Thousands have been detained and hundreds of protesters killed in clashes with Egypt’s security forces, since the coup.