CAIRO: Ministry of Interior denied that any of its officers were officially summoned by the prosecution in the murder case of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, the Popular Alliance Party member who participated in a march preceding the 4th anniversary of the January 25 Revolution near Tahrir Square, Youm7 reported.
Ministry spokesperson Major G. Hany Abdel Latif stated Thursday that some of the officers were questioned as witnesses, and that if the involvement of one of them were proved the ”ministry would not hesitate to arrest them.”
About 16 police officers were reported to be questioned by the prosecution after Sabbagh’s murder, as they were participating in the protest dispersal.
The Interior Ministry previously denied in several statements giving orders to kill Sabbagh, assuring that if any member of the security forces were responsible for her death, he would be tried, adding that it was “too early” to make specific allegations.
On Tuesday, the Qasr al-Nil prosecution accused a masked police officer with killing Sabbagh due to eyewitness, Ahmed al-Shafie, who identified him in the incident videos. Shafie added that a masked man standing beside a black car near Talaat Harb Square holding a rifle shot her from behind.
Sabbagh’s cause of death was being shot with birdshot in her back. In images captured by Youm7, Sabbagh is seen kneeling on the pavement after the shooting, and a security officer can be seen directly behind her carrying a rifle.
In the beginning of the investigation Zohdy al-Shamy, the Popular Alliance Party Vice President, was questioned as a suspect; he described it as “ridiculous.”