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Two Egyptian policemen arrested for alleged 'terror charge' extortion plot

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Mar 2017

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered two policemen and a private citizen be detained on charges that they attempted to extort money out of a teacher by convincing him he was wanted on a warrant related to terrorism.

Prosecutors in Fayoum governorate in Upper Egypt ordered the two low-ranking policemen and a café owner be detained for 15 days on investigation, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The defendants allegedly attempted to convince a local teacher that he was wanted by the authorities for membership of a terrorist organisation, and promised to halt criminal proceedings against him in exchange for money.

The 39-year-old teacher filed a legal complaint last week

The three defendants, who were apprehended on Thursday, denied all charges. A fourth alleged plotter, a contractor, has not yet been apprehended.

In the past three years, authorities have arrested and tried thousands of people on charges of membership of banned terrorist groups, committing violent acts against the state or breaking the protest law.

Fayoum is home to many Islamists and supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

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