Egyptian court releases 7 policemen pending trial for 'incitement to strike'

Ahram Online , Sunday 17 Jul 2016

The seven lower-ranking policemen were arrested on their way to speak on a TV show about allegations of police violence

An Egyptian criminal court released seven policemen on Sunday pending trial on charges of "forming a cell inside the interior ministry inciting their colleagues to strike."

They also face charges of "joining a group that aims to negatively affect and harm one of the state's executive authorities."

The policemen have been detained since their arrest in February at Egyptian Media Production City on the outskirts of Cairo, where they were on their way to participate in the talk show "10pm" on Dream channel.

They were scheduled to speak on controversies involving alleged police violence in Egypt.

Among those arrested was Mansour Abu-Gabel, the spokesperson for the coalition that led the sit-in of lower-ranking policemen in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya last summer, demanding financial and social benefits.

Following their arrest, police reported the seven policemen were in possession of drugs and an unlicensed gun.

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