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Egypt prosecution appeals release of police officer accused of shooting lawyer

A police officer allegedly shot a lawyer in a Cairo court on Sunday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 14 Jul 2015
The lawyers Syndicate
The Lawyers Syndicate announced that the union suspended work in two Cairo courts after the incident (Photo: Al Ahram)

The general prosecution has appealed against the release of a police officer accused of shooting a lawyer. 

The appeal was made after a Cairo court decided to release the officer without bail pending further investigations.

The officer will remain in detention until a decision is made on the appeal.

The lawyer, who was treated in hospital, accused the officer of shooting him in a Cairo court.

He said the officer mistook him for a suspect he wanted to arrest.

The public prosecution is still investigating the incident, which means the police officer could be summoned again for questioning.

Hours after the incident on Sunday, the Lawyers Syndicate announced its members had suspended their work at two Cairo courts in protest at the incident.

"For now we will not take any more measures, we will just wait for the result of the investigation," syndicate head Sameh Ashour told Ahram Online.

On Monday, a police officer allegedly smacked a lawyer with handcuffs in an Alexandria court during a verbal dispute over the officer's conduct towards his colleagues.

Tens of lawyers gathered at Moharam Bek court, where the assault took place, to demand the ministry of interior take action over the incident. They threatened to escalate their protests by organising a sit-in.

A nationwide lawyers strike took place in early June to protest the assault of a lawyer by a police officer in a court in Damietta, as well as recurring police violations against syndicate members.


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