8 policemen investigated for assaulting doctors at Matariya Hospital
Policemen standing near ambulance vehicle in Cairo - Youm7 archive

CAIRO: Eight low-ranking policemen are being investigated for the alleged assault of two doctors at Matariya General Hospital in eastern Cairo, police spokesperson Abou Bakr Abdel Karim told ON TV Thursday.

They have also been suspended from work and are being investigated administratively within the Interior Ministry, Abdel Karim said.

The Doctors’ Syndicate released a statement Thursday saying that a plain-clothed person with facial injuries arrived in the hospital and requested that the doctor writes a report with non-existing injuries.

After the doctor, Ahmed Mahmoud, refused, the man revealed his identity as a policeman and threatened he would accuse him or forgery, according to the syndicate’s statement.

The policemen then beat Mahmoud and another doctor, Mo’men Abdel Azim, and took them to Matariya Police Station, which released them afterwards, the statement said.

The said policeman filed a police report to the prosecution against one of the doctors for allegedly breaking his foot in the fight in the hospital, sources told Youm7.

The Health Ministry has contacted the Interior Ministry to resolve the situation, but the latter advised that the prosecution is dealing with the case, the sources said.

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