CAIRO: A number of policemen at a subway station assaulted Amr Reda Abdul Samad, a member of the Karama Party Monday, for carrying endorsements from citizens to support the presidential nominee Hamdeen Sabbahi to run for the upcoming presidential elections, according to his campaign’s press statement on its official homepage.
The policemen dragged Abdul Samad and forced him to enter the security office at Al-Shohada station, the statement said, pointing out that the number of policemen assaulted him by beating and insulting him, until the officer arrived.
The officer reportedly asked them to stop assaulting the Karama member, and asked Abdul Samad to show his identification card.
Further, the statement said that the officer threw the endorsement papers away and asked Abdul Samad to leave immediately.
Mona Mahrous, member of legal committee at Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign, has accompanied Abdul Samad to the October 6 Hospital to confirm his injuries, in order to take legal measures against the assailants, Spokesperson of Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign Heba Yassin told The Cairo Post.
“It is not the first time for a policemen to assault one of the Sabbahi’s campaign members,” she said, pointing out that a policeman has assaulted a number of Hamdeen’s campaigners while they were presenting endorsements for the nominee at the Kafr el-Sheikh Notary Office.
The campaign shared footage of assaults and gun threats against a number of Sabbahi’s campaigners and supporters on its homepage to show the policemen’s objection to Hamdeen Sabbahi and his campaign, as he is considered the primary rival against Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the upcoming presidential elections, Yassin continued.
In the first round of the 2012 presidential elections, Sabbahi came third, with 20.7 percent of the vote after Ahmed ShafIq, who acquired 32.7 percent of the vote.
Moreover, the spokesperson of the National Salvation Front Wahid Abdul Mageed said Sabbahi’s nomination in the next presidential election, scheduled for May 26-27, will increase the competitionin the upcoming elections.