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Egypt's Doctors Syndicate to decide on 'escalatory steps' after police assault incident

The head of Egypt’s Doctors Syndicate said that policemen fabricated charges of assault against the doctors

Menna Alaa El-Din , Friday 29 Jan 2016
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Syndicate undersecretary Mona Mina during a protest in front of the Doctors Syndicate in Cairo, November 21, 2015 (File Photo: Courtesy of Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate official Facebook page)
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Egypt's Doctors Syndicate have called for an emergency meeting on Saturday to decide on “escalatory steps” after Matariya Teaching Hospital physicians withdrew their complaints of assault “under pressure” against a group of policemen.

The syndicate's secretary Ehab El-Taher told Ahram Online that the two doctors, Ahmed Mahmoud and Moemen Abdel Azeem, who were assaulted by a group of policemen, were put under pressure to withdraw their complaints after they discovered in the prosecution that the policemen filed complaints against the doctors, claiming that they were assaulted by them.

El-Taher said that the policemen have fabricated charges of assault against the doctors.

"The prosecution told the doctors that all those involved in the incident were to be detained pending investigations; therefore the doctors unfortunately withdrew their complaints, which we completely portray as unacceptable" El-Taher said.

"This incident is a violation and degradation by the police against citizens," he added.

El-Taher said that a complete strike in hospitals in response to the incident might take place, depending on what the syndicate decides in its joint meeting with the syndicate's Cairo sub-committee.

On Thursday, the syndicate said it fully supports a strike by doctors at the hospital, adding that it had forwarded a complaint to Egypt's prosecutor-general about the alleged attack, which took place that morning.

A low-ranking policeman wearing civilian clothes went to the hospital on Thursday morning with a wound on his face, and asked the doctor examining him in the ER to include fake injuries in the medical report, which he refused, sources in the hospital said.

In retaliation, the policeman called a group of colleagues to the hospital who assaulted the doctor and some of his colleagues before taking them to the police station, where they were later released.

 

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Yasmina
30-01-2016 07:07am
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The police state is creeping back
It is these so called "policemen" who should be locked up. They were not upholding the law, they were breaking it. It is this behavior that becomes pervasive and when it does it can turn many more Egyptians against their government. No one likes a police state except some of the police. This corruption needs to be eradicated. I hope this story won't be another embarrassment on Yahoo for Egyptian expats. So much for Egyptians to be ashamed of.
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Khalid
30-01-2016 11:42pm
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They never left
The Egyptian police thugs of the Mubarak dictator never left. They have been controlling the country with the army ever since. Egyptian expats are not embarrassed, they are ashamed to have such a corrupt army and police state!
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Al
29-01-2016 11:31pm
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'Escalatory steps'
Boycott police thugs; no medical treatment or doctor visit to the police force till the thugs are prosecuted. Let's see if they can cure themselves! Doctors have the upper-hand not the police thugs!!
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