Trial of policeman accused of killing citizen adjourned to 7 March for witness testimonies

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Mar 2016

In late February, a brawl between the policeman and a taxi driver let to the policeman shooting dead the man

Darb El-Ahmaar
File Photo: Mourners protest the death of Mohamed Ali, a 23 year-old driver, who was shot dead during a dispute with a policeman, outside local security headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 (AP)

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Saturday the trial of a policeman who allegedly killed a citizen in a street brawl to 7 March, so witness testimonies can be heard.

Earlier, before the beginning of the trial, locals of Cairo’s working class district Darb Al-Ahmar, where the victim lived and was shot dead, gathered in front of the court in New Cairo where the trial was to begin.

In late February, a brawl between the policeman and a taxi driver over the taxi fare led to the policeman shooting the man dead.

Following the incident, hundreds of residents converged outside Cairo Security Directorate to protest the killing.

The low-ranking policeman, Mostafa Mahmoud Adel Hassib, is charged with deliberate murder.

The incident caused the president to order legislative changes that aim at regulation of security services' performance, guaranteeing that those who “unjustly violate citizen rights" will be punished.

The incident came on the back of public fury over alleged abuses by police in recent weeks.

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