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Egyptian administrative prosecutor referred to criminal court for assaulting police officer

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Sep 2020

Egypt’s prosecutor-general referred on Saturday an administrative prosecutor to the criminal court for assaulting a police officer on duty last week.

The defendant is facing accusations of assaulting a police officer verbally and physically, which resulted in the officer's injury, and destroying public properties, said a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

Prosecution investigations concluded that the defendant assaulted the head of security at the Heliopolis courthouse complex after he had told her to wear a face mask and stop filming court employees on duty with her mobile phone, the statement added.

The prosecution stated the defendant tore off the officer's rank insignia and crashed his walkie-talkie after confiscating her mobile phone. Security detained the defendant and filed a report along with evidence and a video clip of the incident.

The testimonies of a lawyer and a court employee confirmed the statements of the police officer. The defendant, however, denied the charges saying the police officer started a verbal skirmish with her.

The prosecution added that after examining the defendant’s mobile phone, it was found6 photos taken from the court on the same day of the incident taken for some citizens and employees.

A video of the incident on Monday went viral. In the video, the defendant said she works with the Administrative Prosecution and United Nations. Another clip showed her resisting arrest.

The Administrative Prosecution said on Monday it is investigating the incident involving its member Noha El-Emam, the woman in the video.

The United Nations office in Egypt issued a statement regarding the incident and El-Emam's claims that she is affiliated to the international body.

Following her detention, the defendant was released on an EGP 2,000 bail after enquiring from her place of work that she is suffering from psychological conditions.

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