CAIRO: Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said Saturday that the ministry will not cover up for any corrupt officer, as anyone who makes a mistake will be punished, Youm7 reported.
“No violations of citizens’ rights are allowed anymore, as the ministry will not cover up for anyone,” Ibrahim said during a tour of a regional security forces headquarters Saturday.
A statement released by the ministry said that Ibrahim made the visit in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate to meet with officers, and demanded they apply all their energies into arresting criminals.
He added that the ministry will not be harmed if it admitted an individual’s mistakes, as it cares more about civilians’ rights.
Ibrahim’s statement follows an announcement that a Central Security Forces soldier in North Sinai died Thursday during training inside a camp, purportedly after being beaten to death by a superior officer.
Ministry of Interior spokesperson Maj. Gen. Hani Abdel-Latif told The Cairo Post Friday that the responsible officer was suspended, and has been jailed pending a complete investigation of what occurred.
Youm7 reported Saturday that State forensics spokesperson Hisham Abdel Hamid said after examining soldier Ahmed Hussein Khalil’s body that there were obvious signs of beating, including bruises and stick marks all over his body.
Abdel Hamid said it was unlikely the soldier died due to sickness or fatigue.
Previous statements by Interior Ministry spokesperson Gen. Abdel Fatah Osman in a phone call to Al-Hayah channel Friday denied any kind of torture happened to the soldier, and that he likely died due to illness during morning training.
“Incidents of soldiers fainting during training are common, but the officer is still being investigated because the rest of the soldiers said that training was more violent than usual that day,” he said.