Police officer detained for 4 days over “attempted murder” of microbus driver
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: A police officer, accused of shooting a microbus driver after a traffic dispute was ordered detention for four days pending investigations over attempted murder charge, Youm7 quoted Eastern Cairo prosecution decision Thursday.

Captain Ahmed Samir, who works at the General Directorate for Information and Documentation, was suspended and referred to investigations after shooting at a driver, who intercepted the officer’s way in Nozha area, Heliopolis district, according to a Wednesday statement by the Interior Ministry.

This led to altercations between the officer and the driver, upon which other drivers interfered to stand by their colleague and injured the officer, prompting him to use his gun, continued the statement.

The driver was moved to Nozha Hospital sustaining injury in his thigh.

Dozens of residents reportedly gathered following the shooting.

The Interior Ministry has faced renewed backlash over a number of recent similar incidents, in which citizens were shot by policemen in the street.

In February, an officer shot dead a 24-year old truck driver after an argument over the fare.

On April 19, a policeman fatally shot a tea seller after a dispute over the price of a cup of tea in New Cairo.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi recently demanded draft amendments to the police law to be expedited. 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.






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