Egypt opens probe into ex-MoI’s involvement in journalist death
Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Investigations into the former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim’s involvement in the death of journalist Mayada Ashraf began Tuesday per instructions from Attorney General Hisham Barakat.

The prosecution’s decision was issued after a number of journalists and Ashraf’s father filed a suit against Ibrahim accusing him of involvement in her death. The lawsuit claim was signed by 150 members of the Journalists’ Syndicate’s General Assembly.

Mayada Ashraf was a reporter with independent Al Dostour newspaper and was fatally shot during her coverage of clashes April 4, 2014 in the Ain Shams district between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Journalist Ahlam Hussein, who was standing beside Ashraf during the clashes, testified Wednesday that Ashraf was killed by shots originating from the area where the police forces were stationed.

On the anniversary of Ashraf’s killing, Barakat referred 48 persons allegedly belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood to criminal court over killing the journalist, a child, and another woman during the clashes.

On Journalist’s Day, Amnesty International stated Sunday that “Egypt face acute dangers including arbitrary arrest, indefinite detention without charge, prosecution and intimidation.”

Since the January 25 Revolution in 2011, 10 journalists have been killed in Egypt; Ashraf is the most recent victim, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) statistics; the CPJ ranked Egypt the third deadliest country for press in 20.

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