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Egyptian court jails two policemen for incitement against interior ministry

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 6 Nov 2018
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A Cairo criminal court sentenced two low-ranking policemen to three years in prison on Tuesday after they were convicted in a retrial of incitement against the Ministry of Interior in Sharqiya governorate.  

A first-degree court had sentenced Essam Ezz El-Ragal and Ayman Mohamed to five years in prison in absentia at their first trial in April.

The prosecution accused El-Ragal and Mohamed of inciting a work stoppage at the ministry through plans to speak on television, inciting co-workers on the job, and joining an illegal group.

Both men were leading figures in a movement among low-ranking police officers in Egypt to demand more rights at work.

According to the prosecution, the pair participated in a protest against the interior in August 2015 at Zagazig police station in August 2015 where they attacked security forces, as well another protest in February 2017 at Sharqiya security directorate where they again attacked security forces.  

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