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Egypt: Police Officer Arrested over Abuse Claims

Egypt: Police Officer Arrested over Abuse Claims

Sunday, 6 October, 2019 - 12:30
File photo of Egyptian police via Reuters

Egyptian authorities have arrested a policeman pending an investigation into claims he beat up a lawyer in a Nile Delta city over a parking dispute.

The office of the Egypt’s chief prosecutor, Hamada el-Sawy, said in a statement it had ordered the officer’s arrest and detention for four days, the Associated Press reported.

The incident sparked controversy after a picture of lawyer Ahmed Alwan went viral on social media earlier this week.

The image showed Alwan’s right eye swollen, and a large gash with blood coming out under his left eye.

Dozens of lawyers gathered earlier this week outside a police station in the city of Mahala el-Kubra, demanding the arrest of the officer.

The incident is the latest in a series of alleged police abuse.

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