EGYPT ORDERS ARREST OF POLICEMEN FOR KILLING BROTHERHOOD DETAINEES

A girl mourns as she leans on the coffin of relative killed in the unrest in Egypt

Cairo, 17 Dhulhijja 1434/22 October 2013 (MINA) – An Egyptian prosecutor on Tuesday (22/10) ordered the arrest of four police officers charge of killing 39 members of the Muslim Brotherhood during their detention last August, security sources and state media said.

“Today the prosecution ordered jail for four senior officers for four days pending trial and released the three junior ones. The four were charged with neglect and killing detainees,” one security source said as Reuters reported.

The brotherhood detainees suffocated after teargas was fired into the back of a police van where they were being held, and died by the attacks.

While security forces  denied as saying the detained had died during an escape attempt. However, prosecution investigators said this was not true, Ahram reported as quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).

The state-run Al Ahram daily reported  that public prosecutor Hisham Barakat ordered the imprisonment of four police officers pending further investigation of the accusation of murder.

Hundreds of pro Morsi activists have been killed and nearly 2,000, including Morsi and other top Brotherhood leaders, have been arrested  since the coup that ousted the first freely elected president on July 3, 2013.

The state denies the accusations and describes the Brotherhood as terrorists bent on destabilizing the Arab world’s most populous country.

Hundreds of people have been killed and nearly 2,000, including Mursi and other top Brotherhood leaders, have been arrested in a concerted campaign to disable Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement.(T/P03/P04).

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)

 

 

 

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