In its third incident of alleged police brutality this year, witnesses in Alexandria said Mustafa Attia, 39, was murdered by two police officers yesterday. Witnesses say Attia, a driver, was allegedly attacked and beaten to death on Akhsheed Street, in Alexandria at 2pm. A police statement has just refuted the claim, saying that Attia - who was arrested on pending court case charges - fainted when police went to collect him, and died in hospital after he was rushed there.
No official reports have been released yet, and the family of Attia have said they are waiting for the medical doctor's report.
"The victim's body is currently in the morgue," Mohamed Attia, the victim's nephew told Ahram Online.
Attia's family said he had a pending legal case surrounding a bank loan he took out three years ago, whose payments he had defaulted on. They said he had made the bank repayments two days before his death.
Alexandria's central police station, which later released an official statement refuting the claims that Attia's death was at the hands of police violence, said that there were eleven pending cases against him, without elaborating on the details of each.
Attia is survived by his wife and three children. His eldest child is six-years old.
In the past six months, Alexandria has witnessed two other incidents of civilian deaths at the hands of police brutality. The case of Khaled Said, a young businessmen who was allegedly beaten to death by policemen, caused an international uproar. The two policeman charged in that case are currently on trial.