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Egypt detains Turkish cop for photographing policemen near pyramids

The tourist told prosecution that he simply admired how Egyptian police forces and vehicles looked

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Jan 2016
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A boy walks past a police vehicle patrolling the streets, in the Haram district of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 (AP)
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A Giza prosecutor ordered on Saturday a 15-day detention, pending investigations, of a Turkish policeman arrested on Thursday for photographing a police post near Giza’s pyramids.

The Giza prosecution said in a statement that the suspect’s camera had footage of tourist sights in Al-Hussein, Khan El-Khalili, and a shaky photograph of a police vehicle in Haram Street.

The suspect told prosecution that he was walking down the street, admiring the police forces and vehicles when he decided to photograph them.

He also added that he works as a policeman in Turkish hospitals where he records accidents and crimes and notifies the police.

The prosecution notified the diplomatic Turkish mission to attend the investigations into their national.

Many Egyptians and tourists have been stopped and questioned recently by police while photographing public places as authorities aim to boost security amid ongoing threats following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Ties between Egypt and Turkey have since soured, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emerging as one of the fiercest critics of Morsi's removal.

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