Policeman detained for 4 days pending investigation over killing civilian
In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 photo, a man shows a photo he took on his mobile phone of a driver who was killed by a police officer, in a dispute in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Interior Ministry media office said in a statement that the killing followed an argument over the sergeant's fare for his ride in Cairo's populous el-Darb el-Ahmar district. In the course of the dispute, the officer shot and killed the driver. (AP Photo)

CAIRO: South Cairo prosecutor ordered on Friday the four-day detention of a policeman pending investigation into charges of killing a civilian after an argument in a Cairo street, Youm7 reported.

The defendant, who confessed his crime, faces charges of attempted murder. A statement from the Cairo security directorate on Friday said that “the policeman had shot dead a driver in Cairo’s district of Al Darb al Ahmar after a brawl and was forced to flee a mob of local people who attempted to catch and kill him.”

Following the incident, hundreds of people gathered outside the Cairo security directorate protesting the death and calling for the arrest of the perpetrator.

The policeman was hours after the incident while police notified prosecutors to open investigation into the incident.

In a Friday statement, the Interior Ministry spokesperson Abu Bakr Abdel Karim said that “any policeman who violates the law will be prosecuted. Policemen are not above the law.”

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