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Egypt's prosecutors detain police officer over murder charges in Minya

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Aug 2016
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Egypt’s general prosecution ordered Thursday the four-day detention of a police officer pending investigations into the murder of a man in an exchange of fire with police in the Minya village of El-Baiho.

A complaint was filed to police by the head of the village's local council stating that the victim assaulted and threatened police and a municipality employee who were attempting to remove an unlicensed cafe.

The police said that the victim, who has a criminal record, opened fire at the officers, leading security forces to return fire, fatally injuring the victim.

In April, a low-ranking police officer shot dead a street vendor over the price of a cup of tea and was afterwards charged with murder. The officer was referred to criminal prosecution.

The interior ministry said they have drafted legislative amendments that would regulate the performance of security services, stressing that regulations would apply to the entire police force, not only low-ranking policemen.

The amendments have been referred to parliament but have not yet been voted on.

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