CAIRO: A Cairo court ordered to extend the detention of a policeman who fatally shot a tea seller after a dispute over the price of a cup of tea in Rehab city in New Cairo, for 15 days pending investigations, Youm7 reported.
The policeman was initially ordered by the prosecution Wednesday 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.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Wednesday with the Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and high-profile officials at the ministry, ordered them to hold the responsible people accountable, said Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a statement.
“He affirmed that such irresponsible acts should be swiftly deterred in accordance with the law, but must not overshadow the sacrifices made by policemen to protect the country and the Egyptians,” Youssef said, noting that President Sisi discussed also the draft of amendments to the Police Law to “ensure the respect of human rights, transparency and integrity.”
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.