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Egypt's Sisi calls for legislative changes to tackle 'irresponsible acts from some police members'

The statement did not specify which laws would be changed; Sisi praises 'sacrifices of honourable policeman'

Ahram Online , Friday 19 Feb 2016
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (AFP)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi giving a speech during his visit to the parliament headquarters in Cairo. (AFP)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ordered that “legislative amendments” be presented to parliament, in response to the killing of a taxi driver by a policeman in Cairo on Thursday.

The president said that “irresponsible acts by some members of the police force” should be dealt with on an individual basis and those responsible held to account, according to a statement issued on Friday by presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef.

The statement did not give further details about what legal changes were being proposed but said that amendment or new legislation may be necessary to ensure the regulation of the security services' performance in Egyptian streets and to guarantee that those who "violate citizen rights unjustly be punished".

The president added in the statement that “Egypt and its people appreciate the sacrifices and efforts of honourable policemen who work to achieve security and stability,” and that such policemen contribute to the country's development and reject “individual violations against citizens.”

According to the statement El-Sisi has called for the legislative amendments to be presented to parliament for discussion within the next 15 days.

El-Sisi's decision came following an “impromptu” meeting with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar following his arrival in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh for an African business summit.

At the meeting, the president was provided with the latest domestic security developments after the latest events, according to the statement. 

On Thursday, a lower-ranking policeman shot dead a man in a working class district of Cairo following a brawl over money. The incident prompted hundreds of people to converge outside Cairo security directorate on Thursday evening to protest.

According to the interior ministry, the policeman who shot dead 24-year-old taxi driver Mohamed Ali Ismail has been detained and will be questioned.

The policeman fired his gun to disperse a crowd of locals who had gathered and were sympathising with the driver, leading to the death of the driver, the ministry statement said.

Cairo security directorate in an earlier statement said the policeman had shot dead the driver by mistake.

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agnaby
20-02-2016 05:54am
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I thought regulation was once ordered and it faced rejections
I thought when Morsi was at Presidency, he issued an order on not using weapons to civilians. Then so many policemen resigned saying in that way didn't guarantee the life of the policemen. I am interested in plice's reaction this time.
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Juma
20-02-2016 01:56am
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he is not in control
of the police, the army or the state
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Pharaoh
19-02-2016 08:21pm
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liberty and anti-whiteness
Give them rubber bullets and teach them martial arts. Can only employ non-lethal force when others are unarmed. Lethal force when others pose a life threat. Simple. O, and the uber thing, uber is owned by white men with white property laws. Laws designed for their interests. We need to have the taxi driver sit down with their government representatives and with uber to work out agreements and deals that are cognizant of both interests. The laws drafted out by representatives should reflect the true human right of liberty. Where it looks for who is less free to compete and draft laws that increase their freedom to compete.
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Sam Enslow
19-02-2016 07:35pm
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Retraining/New Officers
Egypt's police force was modelled after the USSR's KGB and German Gestapo. Their main interest is protecting the leader who ever he happens to be. This is a mindset that must change. This will take effort and probably some senior officers should retire to make room for 'fresher' minds. The focus must be on fair, honest law enforcement - to serve and protect the public and the law with the minimum force necessary. It is not the job of the police to serve as informal judge or to punish anyone. Corruption can be fought, as was done in The Republic of Georgia, by having a special force undercover to pay or offer bribes then arresting all who accept or offer them. A few high profile arrests have strong effects. The police must be held to the highest standards. I honestly believe most police would rather be respected and liked rather than hated and feared. Bad policing harms Egypt and Sisi.
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Ken Selim
20-02-2016 06:01am
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You mean like the American Police
You are hallucinating! Which stuff you are using?
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Boutros Naiem Heneen
19-02-2016 06:55pm
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Achieve Democracy
We must help our president to achieve the democracy.
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Steve
19-02-2016 08:10pm
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When this "president" agrees to help the people first.
Achieving democracy is a two-way street! Support ALL the people of Egypt and not just a "select few" and ALL the people in Egypt will support the president!
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