CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior rejected “unprofessional content” and vowed Sunday to “take all the legal procedures,” against the independent daily Al Masry Al Youm for a report alleging systematic abuse by police.
The paper Sunday published a report titled “Holes in the policemen uniforms”, Sunday, that included harsh criticisms of ministry practices.
“The ministry knows the reasons behind publishing those stories,” said the statement. “In December, we filed a lawsuit against the head of the crime section and the paper then-editor-in-chief for publishing false news that misleads the public opinion and both of them were released from the prosecution pending the ongoing investigations.”
“The Ministry of Interior is trying to hide its negative aspects through attacking media outlets,” wrote Al-Masry Al-Youm’s head of the crime section Yousry el-Badry, adding “I believe it’s a funny statement although the core of our stories was raising an alert to the security officials not to violate people’s rights again.”
On Feb. 26, Head of East Cairo Prosecution Bakr Ahmed Bakr ordered the detention of the two officers on charges of “torture, murder and physical assault” of Karem Hamdy; a lawyer who was jailed pending investigation in the Mataria police station and died while the two officers were interrogating him.
Hamdy, as well as three others, was arrested and was investigated on accusations including arms possession, involvement in anti-government violence, protesting against the security forces and affiliation to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, the state-run Al-Ahram reported.