Matariya policemen charged with assaulting doctors, released on bail

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Feb 2016

The nine policemen are officially charged by prosecutors with using violence and attacking public officials

Cairo prosecutors charged on Thursday nine low ranking policemen with “assaulting public officials” and “using violence” over the recent incident involving an attack on doctors at Matariya Education Hospital.

On Wednesday, a senior prosecutor opened a probe into the policemen, who were detained for 24 hours but have now been released on bail.

On 28 January 2016, the policemen allegedly assaulted two doctors at Matariya Hospital after one of the doctors refused to include fake injuries in a medical report for one of the policemen.

Following the allegations, the interior ministry announced that it suspended the policemen and referred them to investigation. 

The incident caused a huge uproar among physicians. 

Egypt's Doctors Syndicate is organising an emergency assembly on Friday to demand an end to assaults on doctors and hospitals and to set standards to punish those responsible for any such attacks.

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