Egypt- Nine Police Officers Sentenced for Torture and Murder

  • As the verdict was read some of the accused including a police captain collapsed in the courtroom while others cried.
  • The ruling comes just days after Italian prosecutors formally put four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces under investigation over the 2016 kidnapping, torture and killing of Giulio Regeni.
  • This is not the first time the Egyptian police are on the spotlight for the death of innocent citizens. In 2016 a tea vendor was allegedly killed by police in the country’s capital

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced nine police officers to three years in prison for torturing and killing a fish cart vendor in custody at a police station. The nine include a police officer and eight non-commissioned officers from Amiriya police station.

Egyptian Police arrested.

The North Cairo Criminal Court also acquitted a police officer in the case. As the verdict was read some of the accused including a police captain collapsed in the courtroom while others cried. According to analysts the verdict can be appealed at a higher court.

The officers were referred to the Criminal Court in October 2109 where they were charged with torturing the fish vendor as well as changing the incident’s report. Madgy Maken, a street vendor was arrested after a confrontation with a policeman. It is alleged that Madgy’s horse drawn carriage collided with a police car.

It is alleged that after the 53 year-old vendor was arrested his lifeless body was presented to a nearby hospital. According to his lawyer Madgy’s body had torture marks. A report indicated that Madgy had been tortured and that his death was as a result of a clot in his lungs caused by spinal trauma after an officer stood on his back.

The death of the vendor in November 2016 sparked public outrage over police brutality. According to human rights activists, mistreatment and torture are still widespread in Egyptian prisons. However the government has strongly denied these allegations.

The ruling comes just days after Italian prosecutors formally put four high-ranking members of Egypt’s security forces under investigation over the 2016 kidnapping, torture and killing of Giulio Regeni. The four are being investigated for alleged kidnapping and one of them also is being investigated for aggravated injury and aggravated murder.

Another member of Egypt’s national security force was shelved due to insufficient proof.  Rageni was an Italian doctoral research student in the country’s capital, Cairo. The country’s prosecutors have continually insisted that Rageni was a victim of an ordinary robbery and that his killers remain unknown. They have always blamed a criminal gang for the students murder.

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak

This is not the first time the Egyptian police are on the spotlight for the death of innocent citizens. In 2016 a tea vendor was allegedly killed by police in the country’s capital. The police are said to have killed the tea vendor and wounded two others over the price of a cup of tea.

The officers were arrested as thousands of Egyptians filled the streets as a video footage showed them overturning a police vehicle. Police brutality remains a major challenge in the country and across the world.

Police reform was one of the major concerns of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak. Coincidentally the uprising against him began on National Police Day.  Several years down the line, police brutality still remains a great challenge.

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Juliet Norah

I am a freelance journalist is passionate about news. I derive pleasure in informing people about the happenings in the world

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