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Egyptian policeman to be tried for killing citizen on 5 March

According to an interior ministry statement, the lower-ranking policemen ‘accidentally’ shot the taxi driver following a financial dispute while attempting to disperse an angry crowd

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Feb 2016
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The trial of a lower ranking policeman on charges of the deliberate murder of a civilian in Cairo’s working-class neighborhood of Darb Al-Ahmar is set to begin on 5 March, a Cairo court said in an official statement.

On Sunday, the prosecution referred the lower-ranking policeman, Mostafa Mahmoud Adel Hassib, to criminal court only days following his arrest.

A judicial source within the general-prosecution told Ahram Online that both the police interrogations and the forensic authority’s report indicate that Hassib killed taxi driver Mohamed Sayed Ali Ismail.

Hassib confessed to the prosecution that he fired his gun following a financial dispute with the driver.

Following the incident, hundreds of residents converged outside Cairo Security Directorate to protest the killing.

On Monday, Egypt's Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said currently underway legal amendments would not only be relevant to lower ranking policemen, but to the whole police force.

"The aim of the amendments is to regulate the relationship between the policeman and citizens, which would ensure the citizen the protection of his rights," Abdel-Ghaffar said.

The amendments come following an order from Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Friday that legislative changes, aimed at ensuring the regulation of security services' performance and guarantees that those who “unjustly violate citizen rights be punished,” are presented to the parliament for discussion within 15 days.

 

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