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Egyptian prosecution orders detention of policeman who shot dead street vendor after quarrel

Investigations indicate that the victim refused to serve a group of policemen tea for free

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Apr 2016
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Egypt’s general prosecution ordered on Wednesday the detention of a policeman for four days pending investigations into the Tuesday murder of a street vendor.

According to investigations conducted by the prosecution, three low-ranking policemen – one who shot dead the street vendor, who has been arrested, and his two peers, who are still at large – were regular customers of the man, who sold refreshments near the upper middle class residential compound of Rehab on the outskirts of Cairo, and did not normally pay for their tea.

Investigations indicate that the victim refused to serve the policemen for free, causing a verbal dispute that led to one of the policemen – identified as El-Sayed Zeinhom Abdel-Razek – firing shots in the air.

According to the prosecution, the victim suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.

The prosecution added that when friends of the victim attempted to take the policeman’s weapon, another shot was fired, injuring another man.

In February, another low-ranking policeman killed a driver in the working-class Cairo district of El-Darb El-Ahmar following a dispute over a fare. The policeman is currently being prosecuted for murder.

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