In Egypt police who killed the merchant because of the reluctance to pay for a Cup of tea, sentenced to life in prison
In Egypt court has sentenced custody order, convicted of murdering a man and shooting two more people. The motive for the massacre was the unwillingness of the police to pay for the consumed portion of tea.
According to the decision of the Egyptian Themis police Zenhom Abdel Razek will serve a life sentence for murder, writes Egyptian Streets.
As follows from the materials of the criminal case, the crime was committed in April 2016 in the suburbs of Cairo. The police officer shot three people after an argument over the price of a Cup of tea. One victim, Mustafa Abdel Kader, who turned a tea merchant, died of his wounds. The shooting also led to riots.
As found by the investigators, the police Zenhome of Razek in the habit of sipping tea in the shop Kader, not paying. When the dealer decided to put an end to this petty theft, the guards used weapons, shot him in the chest. Police shot two bystanders who tried to detain him after the murder.
Sentence Razek may be appealed by the defense of the accused. In this case, the punishment can be mitigated to 25 years of imprisonment.
The press notes that a life sentence for the police in Egypt is a severe atypical form of punishment. In this case, among police officers a widespread culture of violence against citizens. For example, in February 2016 police officer shot and killed in the capital’s district of al-Darb al-Ahmar driver, which required him to pay the fare. And in August 2016, another police officer “accidentally” killed the driver of the van, shot him in the neck.
The guards also have been killed and their colleagues. This year, one of them shot and killed a colleague because he mocked him, and left mocking comments under his posts on the social network Facebook.
The Prime Minister of Egypt Sherif Ismail has promised to reform the police, to raise the reputation of law enforcement in the eyes of the citizens. The authorities argue that killings by police are isolated cases and can testify to the ineffectiveness of the police in General. “Criminals make up only a small percentage among police officers,” emphasize the officials.
It should be noted here that the arbitrariness of the police led to the recent revolutionary upheaval in Egypt. On 6 June 2010 in Alexandria was killed by 27-year-old blogger Khaled said, who was independently investigating corruption in the ranks of the guards. He managed to shoot on video, as police in the drug business. Then the video was posted in one of social networks.
The evening of 6 June said was last seen on the second floor of the Internet cafe where he usually worked. There broke people in civilian clothes and dragged him into the street. Witnesses say that the blogger within 30 minutes was severely beaten. Then the man left at the entrance to the hospital and left to die, wrote in his blog, journalist Ksenia Svetlova.
Sayid died, without regaining consciousness. His death shook the Egyptian society. In Alexandria began demonstrations and protests, which were attended by tens of thousands of Egyptians, for the first time in many years. A few weeks later, Facebook was open a page called “We are all Khaled Saeed”, which played an important role in the consolidation of protest forces.
Khaled Saeed after his death became a symbol of resistance to violence and arbitrariness of the authorities. January 25, 2011 in Tahrir square held a protest titled “Day of wrath”. It resulted in riots. Protesters burned police stations and tried to storm the interior Ministry building. The authorities tried to suppress the unrest with the help of armored vehicles, but to no avail.
In February, President Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation. After his overthrow, took place the trial of the murderers of Khaled said, but they received only seven years in prison.
Human rights activists believe that several years after the Egyptian revolution, security forces returned to the usual methods in the form of tyranny and violence. In particular, the Egyptian police and security services accused of the brutal murder of 28-year-old student at the University of Cambridge the Italian Giulio Regeni. He was found dead and with signs of torture in January 2016. On the body of a foreigner was carved encryption.
In November last year to police stations during the week killed the three detainees. This led to the riots in Luxor and Ismailia, says Deccan Chronicle.