Egypt court sentences 9 policemen to 3 years in prison for assaulting doctors

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Sep 2016

Egypt’s President El-Sisi has vowed that police officers found to be guilty of wrongdoings would be held accountable

Al-Matariya doctors protest
File Photo: Thousands of doctors gathered in February at their syndicate in downtown Cairo to attend an emergency assembly to discuss police assaults on doctors (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

A Cairo misdemeanour court sentenced on Tuesday nine lower-ranking policemen to three years in prison over assaulting two doctors at Matariya Teaching Hospital in January.

The court set bail for the policemen at EGP 2,000 bail. 

The verdict can still be appealed.

Prosecution accused the defendants of verbally and physically assaulting doctors in the hospital after a doctor conducting a medical examination one of the policemen refused his request to include fake injuries in the medical report.

The incident sparked anger, leading doctors to hold a protest at the Doctors Syndicate to demand the policemen stand trial and for the health minister to be sacked.

Tuesday's court verdict is the latest in a series of court rulings in cases involving police violations and abuses. 

Earlier this year, another low-ranking policeman killed a driver in the working-class Cairo district of El-Darb El-Ahmar following a dispute over a fare. A court sentenced the policeman to life in prison this month, one of the harshest sentences issued against police officials convicted of similar violent crimes. The verdict can still be appealed.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi had vowed that policemen found guilty of "committing wrongdoings" would be punished, and Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar has maintained that such violations represent "isolated incidents" as opposed to a systemic problem.


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