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Three Egyptian policemen detained after death of prisoner

A prisoner died at a police station in Beheira this week, allegedly after being beaten by police

Ahram Online , Friday 8 May 2015
Security forces stand guard outside a police academy (Photo: Reuters)

A police officer and two policemen in Damanhour were detained on Friday for four days pending investigations into charges that they had beat a prisoner to death, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The head of Damanhour’s prosecution service, Hazem Keheily, ordered the imprisonment of a police captain and two low-ranking policemen after a 32-year-old detainee died in their custody this week.

A number of residents from Rashid city in Egypt’s Beheira governorate gathered in front of the local police station to protest the death. The family of the dead man had filed a case with local prosecutors, accusing the police of responsibility for his death.

The prisoner was accused of possessing weapons without a licence.

Several high profile cases of alleged torture and killings in police stations have surfaced in recent months, causing controversy.

Two national security officers are currently facing charges of torturing a civilian to death in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district. In February, the general prosecution imposed a gag order on the case.

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