CAIRO: A policeman who fatally shot a tea seller allegedly over a dispute of the price of a cup of tea in Rehab city in New Cairo, was ordered to be detained for four days pending investigations, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Al-Sayed Zenhoum allegedly opened fire at a street vendor selling hot drinks in the city and injured two others after an altercation Tuesday. The initial investigations indicate that the difference erupted when Zenhoum refused to pay for his tea.
Some workers protested and blocked the road at the entrance of city, chanting slogans against the Ministry of Interior.
The victim is from Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate where his relatives are waiting for arrival of his body for burial.
Ministry of Interior spokesperson Abu Bakr Abdel-Karim told 90 Minutes talk show Tuesday that the ministry will bear all treatment costs for the injured people, and pledged to hold the policeman accountable.
On Jan. 11, a police officer was sentenced to seven years in prison over killing a civilian and possessing drugs in Giza’s al-Saf city.
The Interior Ministry is facing growing outrage due to increasing incidents of abuses reported against civilians, which the ministry routinely calls “isolated incidents,” denying any indications of systematic malpractice by police personnel.
However, a recent case of a truck driver shot dead by a policeman has largely stirred public anger, and prompted President Abdel Fatah to call for new legislation, which is currently waiting for Cabinet’s approval, to hold police accountable for abuses.