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Egypt's parliament may review draft laws of police conduct this week

Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafar said legislation would both ensure prompt action in the face of any police violations and provide incentives to policemen who excel in their work

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Mar 2016
Magdy Abdel Ghaffar
Egypt's interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar speaks during a press conference on February 8, 2016 in the capital Cairo (AFP)
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Egypt’s parliament could review the interior ministry’s draft laws regulating police treatment of citizens this week, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghafar told state news agency MENA.

The laws, according to Abdel-Ghafar, stipulate that police respect the freedom and dignity of citizens inside and outside police stations.

The legislation also ensures protection of police personnel “from the violations of some citizens against them,” so that they can carry out their duty to uphold peace and security.

Abdel-Ghafar added that the laws would ensure prompt action in the face of any police violations and provide incentives to policemen who excel in their work.

The minister stated that the interior ministry, which was tasked with redrafting these laws by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, has already drafted them and sent them to the cabinet.

Abdel-Ghafar added that the cabinet was done reviewing the laws, and has sent it to the state council’s legislative committee.

The committee will further review the laws before returning them to the cabinet, which will schedule a date this week for the parliament to review the legislations.

President El-Sisi ordered the drafting of these laws after a policeman shot dead a taxi driver in the working-district of Al-Darb Al-Ahmar in late February in a street brawl over the taxi fare.

The policeman is currently on trial.

The interior minister added that the team tasked with investigating the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni, discovered dead in Cairo in February, was working closely with the Italian team.

A number of joint meetings have been held with the Italian team, according to the minister, and the Egyptian team "has conveyed its findings so far to the Italians and answered all of their questions."

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Sam Enslow
07-03-2016 10:01am
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Reality on the ground
Policing the police is a problem affecting all nations. In the US, the 'thin blue line' believes they are the only force separating good from evil thus we have 'Black lives matter' and constant civilian review of police practices. New laws will be meaningless unless the public sees the effects of the laws on the street, in their daily lives. The police face real dangers and real criminals, but they must protect Egypt by respecting Egyptians and the rule of law. They also must be trained and given the resources to solve crimes. The bad must not be allowed to harm the good. Good, honest police work will encourage public support and in itself help defeat terrorists. Listen to rights advocates. Allow them to inspect and question. Show they are wrong or make necessary corrections. That will benefit the police themselves.
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Al
07-03-2016 07:14pm
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"Youth lives matter"
I think we need a similar movement in this country to 'all lives matter' in the US, a movement led by Egyptian Youth, supported by the Egyptian Media, and listened-to by the Egyptian Government. Youth should be allowed to speak up, demonstrate, and protest without being thrown in jail. This should be the 1st step!
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Al
06-03-2016 04:43pm
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Abdel-Ghafar should be fired
This one man has caused more harm to Egypt's reputation than even the 911 hijacker, let alone the suffering of thousand of Egyptians by his ministry of thugs. If the Parliament wants to start doing their jobs they should demand his resignation along with the top police commissioners!
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AM
06-03-2016 05:38pm
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Millions of Egyptinas
and many Italians feel the same!
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