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Egypt's Sisi apologises to lawyers for abuses, asks police to show tolerance

Last week a veteran attorney was physically assaulted by a police officer in Damietta sparking protests by lawyers on Saturday

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Jun 2015
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi apologised on Sunday to Egyptian lawyers after one of them was physically assaulted by a policeman, an incident that sparked angry protests by attorneys on Saturday.

"I apologise to all of you, and I tell the state apparatuses please, we need to pay attention to everything despite the circumstances we're in," El-Sisi said, according to state news agency MENA, while inaugurating development projects around the country.

Last week, Emad Fahmy, a veteran attorney with 25 years' experience, was assaulted by a senior officer while attending to a case at a police station in the city of Faraskour in Damietta. The officer used his shoe during the attack. Fahmy was taken to hospital and received eight stitches.

Meanwhile, two officers are accused of torturing to death in February another lawyer, Karim Hamdy, while interrogating him in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district.

A significant number of lawyers nationwide responded to the call for a one-day strike on Saturday to protest the assault on Fahmy.

However, Lawyers' Syndicate head Sameh Ashour says the syndicate, which mobilised attorneys to protest against the police, will avoid escalation to honour El-Sisi, who he praised highly for apologising for the incident.  

"I apologise to every Egyptian citizen who has been subject to any abuses, as I hold direct responsibility for anything that happens to the Egyptian citizen."

"I tell our sons in the police or any governmental institutions to pay attention [to the fact that] they are dealing with humans and their jobs impose tolerance on them because Egyptians are our relatives- and no one should be harsh on his relatives."

"We need to set an example," Sisi said.

Reported police abuses have become more prominent in recent months, with human rights advocates reporting an increasing number of cases in which detainees and prisoners are tortured. 

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Sam Enslow
08-06-2015 04:53pm
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Professionalism and Respect
The security services do not need to be tolerant. They need to be professional and treat all Egyptians with respect and in accordance with their civil rights. There are many who try to do this; however, the bad undermine the efforts if the good. Improper policing is the best advertising the terrorists have. People who believe the police are to be feared by the good citizens will not assist the police or cooperate with them. They will avoid contact out of distrust. The people revolted because they wanted to be treated with dignity. A slaves vs masters attitude will destroy Egypt. Effective, professional policing will help save it. Egyptians tire of everyone wanting to punish them.
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
08-06-2015 03:57pm
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Eg. police contains 50 000 officer and 500000 soldiers
The Eg. Police contains 50 000 officer and 500 000 soldiers. The Eg. Police since 2011 offered sacrifices estimated about 1000 dead and 15 000 wounded. In such a large number of people working in the police, we should expect sometimes to have individual excesses.WE are human beings and we are not angles. But we have inside Egypt internal enemies who want to set fire in every small individual act. They want us to hate the police. Ekhwan and all enemies inside want to create false suffering to make the people hate the gov. and hate Sisi. To all such people I say: All of these tricks will not fool us. We know very well what you are trying to do. They are paving the earth to a new revolution. This will never happen. The Egyptians have studied their lesson very well and they knew now who defended them and submitted their souls for them to live in peace and security.
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Sawsan Mostafa Ali
09-06-2015 09:02pm
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To: Chief Editor
You have prublished 2 comments for Ahmed but you did not publish my reply to him ----why is that??I have the right that you publish my reply to him. So please do.
Ahmed-Cairo
09-06-2015 02:59am
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Madam; fake or naive
You seem to have good intentions, but no one with fair mind would support the Egyptian police and justice so blindly unless they are fake or naive. We all love Egypt but we don't have to be cheerleaders for the police thugs or corrupt justice to be patriotic!
Ahmed - Cairo
08-06-2015 07:07pm
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500,000 thugs
Bias police wife, arguing for the thugs!
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Mohamed
07-06-2015 09:55pm
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Such an apology isn't sufficient.
The president's apology is coherent, but all around the stressful circumstances, an action should be taken right away. We aren't that blind to remark police abuses, or torture, heck, a bunch of individuals were tortured to death. So, I'm afraid, an apology isn't welcome. And, obviously, that's not a thing to overlook, that's a fundamental matter of human rights. We cannot maintain judging the west, as if our country is flawless, the mass of police brutality is twice as big as the westerns, it even grew severely stronger than the Mubarak days.
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Aladdin, Alex
07-06-2015 06:04pm
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Great Leader
Thanks Mr. President for your genial honorable stand. We need government organization to overlook potential abuse of police to power. We need new democracy suitable to ME level of culture. Western Democracy split us and allowed terrorist groups to hold power. Shame on our political and social scientists. Tahya Misr, Allah AKber.
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khan
07-06-2015 04:47pm
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ha ha ha
sisi must apologises those familys the one has benn killed by sisi RAbia aldavia .now those family need Qassas . WHO will help them? sisi wasting Egyptian times
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Farhan
07-06-2015 06:06pm
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Apology is not going to change any thing, He would receive his punishment on time
You can't forgive a criminal because he apologized.
Aladdin, ALex
07-06-2015 06:06pm
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Ha, Ha, Ha
It was civil disobidiene by outlwas. They were given chance to leave peacefully; but refused..
Ali
07-06-2015 05:54pm
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Really?
This is the comment AO found compelling on the subject!, what about the other comments?
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Ali
07-06-2015 03:35pm
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Not enough Mr. President
Apology is valid when an ad hoc abuse takes place or a random case of mistreatment, however when systematic police abuse and harassment is the norm now in Egypt, more than apology is called for. ACTIONS are what the Egyptian people need to put the police thugs in their place, actions Mr. President!
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