Sisi demands expedited amendments to police law
Some workers blocked road and staged protest against killing a worker by policeman in a difference over a “cup of tea” in at Rehab city, a district of New Cairo city Tuesday, on April 19, 2016- Photo by Youm7.

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi demanded draft amendments to the police law be expedited during a Wednesday meeting with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and all his assistants after a policemen shot dead a tea seller over pricing on a street in New Cairo.

Sisi discussed draft amendments to the law regulating the work of the police, which he proposed in February after another low-ranking policeman shot dead a truck driver over pricing as well.

The amendments aim to “stress” human rights, integrity and transparency when resorting to force and applying the law, according to a statement by presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

The President demanded that the awareness of policemen should be raised to “treat citizens well.”

He also emphasized that the police sacrifice their lives to protect the country, referring to hundreds of policemen who have been killed in attacks following the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

Sisi warned against “attempts to undermine national institutions and disturb the relationship between citizens and state apparatus to stir up strife and destabilize the country.”

Meanwhile, a lawyer filed a lawsuit before the Court of Administrative Judiciary to obligate the Interior Ministry to apply psychological examinations drug tests on low-ranking policemen who bear firearms and measure their emotional stability and self-restraint.

Lawyer Mohamed Assayed also demanded that cameras be installed on their official uniform.

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