Egyptian president: Police who commit mistakes to be punished
Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi says police officers who commit mistakes will be punished, after rising criticism of police in domestic media following the deaths of three people in police custody last month.
Sisi’s speech at a police academy was broadcast live on national TV.
Police brutality was one of the main grievances of protesters in the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The death of Talaat Shabib al-Rashidi in Luxor, while in police custody sparked riots in the southern city, while in the port city of Ismailia, anger erupted following the death of a pharmacist who had quarreled with a police officer.
In the Nile Delta province of Qalyoubiya, police officials are investigating claims that a man was tortured to death by a police officer.
Tarek Khalil, a Muslim Brotherhood member, went missing in June and his body was returned to his family with signs of torture after he was kidnapped by security forces.
Amnesty International has condemned what it termed an “entrenched impunity and a near total lack of accountability for abuses” among Egypt’s security forces.