CAIRO: The trial of a policeman accused of killing a civilian after a brawl will begin March 5 on charges of attempted murder, Youm7 quoted Tuesday a decision by Cairo Appeal Court.
During the investigations carried out by the prosecution in the past few days, the defendant confessed to having killed a pickup truck driver Mohamed Darbaka after dispute over transport fare.
Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar announced in a news conference Saturday that the ministry is applying a reform policy “that aims at excluding security personnel, who are not aware of the requirements of their duty.”
The Interior Ministry is facing growing anger over alleged violence by its personnel, which the ministry has repeatedly labelled as “individual mistakes,” denying accusations of adopting systematic abuse.
In a Feb. 19 statement, Interior Ministry spokesperson Abu Bakr Abdel Karim said that “any policeman who violates the law will be prosecuted. Policemen are not above the law.”
On the same day, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called for drafting a new law or amending existing legislations to hold the police accountable for abuses.
The statements came hours after a policeman confessed shooting a taxi driver dead in Cairo’s district of al-Darb al-Ahmar on Feb. 18 after a brawl; he was ordered detained for four days pending investigations.
In the aftermath of the incident, hundreds partook in the slain driver’s funeral chanting against “police violence.”