The Egyptian Administrative Prosecution Authority announced on Sunday that administrative prosecutor Noha El-Emam has been retired after assaulting a policeman in an incident that was filmed and circulated on social media.
The two-minute video shows El-Emam, who has been referred to criminal court, engaged in a verbal altercation with the policeman at the Heliopolis courthouse complex. The officer is heard telling El-Emam that she must wear a protective facemask and asks for her ID.
El-Emam refused to comply with the officer’s instructions and is heard saying that she works at the Administrative Prosecution and United Nations.
After the officer threatened to arrest her and confiscated her mobile phone, she is seen tearing the rank insignia off the policeman’s shoulder. Another clip shows El-Emam resisting arrest.
A few hours later, the prosecutor-general ordered an investigation into the incident, and El-Eman was released on EGP 2,000 bail after the prosecution learned from her place of employment that she is suffering from psychological distress.
According to an official statement released by the prosecutor's office, the defendant faces charges of assaulting a police officer verbally and physically, which resulted in the officer's injury and the destruction of public property.
The statement said that El-Emam assaulted the head of security at the Heliopolis courthouse complex after he told her to wear a facemask and stop filming court employees with her mobile phone.
The prosecution said the defendant tore off the officer's rank insignia and smashed his walkie-talkie after he confiscated her mobile phone.