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Interior Minister holds meetings with top officials

Interior Minister holds meetings with top officials | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim discussed internal security with top officials and aides in two different meetings on Monday.

In the first meeting, Ibrahim met with top Central Security Forces (CSF) officials as well as recruits. The meeting was started after a minute of mourning for “police martyrs” was held. During the meeting, Ibrahim said that developing the security institution by providing resources and mechanisms is among his top priorities.

After the meeting with CSF official and recruits, Ibrahim held another meeting attended by the minister’s top aides as well as directors of security.

The Minister said he appreciates the views of the policemen, adding that these views stem from national duty and from their rejection of seeing the police involved in political conflicts.

He said the police will not be involved in political actions.

Last week, policemen started a strike. Police stations in Cairo, Alexandria, Gharbeya, Suez Canal cities, Qena, Luxor, and Sinai were affected by the strike.

Among the demands of the policemen on strike were the minister’s resignation and better armament.  They also demanded independence from internal political affairs.

In a conference on Sunday, Ibrahim called on all political parties to keep the police out of the ongoing conflict between the regime and the opposition. He addressed the police strike but said the policemen on strike also have financial demands which the ministry is considering.

The minister added in his second meeting on Monday that he is confident the police will carry out their responsibilities to protect and secure the people as well as public and private property.

The police have completely withdrawn from the turbulent port city of Port Said. Their withdrawal came after intense and deadly clashes between policemen and angry protesters, leaving the army in charge of securing the port city.

 

(Hend Kortam : Daily news Egypt)

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2013/03/11/interior-minister-holds-meetings-with-top-officials/

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Collapse of state institutions under Brotherhood’s rule: Egypt Interior Ministry as example

Collapse of state institutions under Brotherhood’s rule: Egypt Interior Ministry as example | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Discontent in Egypt's police ranks has boiled over into an unprecedented strike, with officers saying they will refuse orders until they are no longer used as political pawns, adding to the problems of President Mohamed Morsi.

Accused of excessive use of force by the opponents of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, police officers say they feel despised by the people when they are simply following orders -- and they will not take any more.

"We are suspending our work indefinitely because we refuse to take responsibility for the mistakes of a government that wants to get involved in political conflicts," police Colonel Hassan Mostafa said in Port Said.

"All of society is against us, it considers the demonstrators (killed in clashes) to be martyrs, and we don't even have the right to defend ourselves," he added.

The police, particularly the Central Security Forces (CSF), have been engaged in violent and deadly street clashes with protesters, turning the public even more against an already reviled institution long accused of abuses.

The CSF is the branch of the interior ministry used to quell protests.

The police want a law to clearly lay down their powers and duties, and have also demanded weapons to deal with ongoing political protests.

The police "are paying the price of a political conflict. They risk prosecution (over the deaths of protesters) or getting killed" in clashes which have spiked since the end of 2012, General Abdel Tawab Hefni of the police headquarters in Alexandria told the independent daily Al-Shorouk.

(Mona Salem / Middle East Online)

 

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Interior Ministry warns of 'strict measures'

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Egypt Independent 

The Interior Ministry warned Saturday that it would take "strict procedures" to combat ongoing attacks against authorities and institutions, after an attack by Ultras Ahlawy members Saturday left the Egyptian Football Association and the Police Club in Gezira in flames.

In a statement, the ministry said it will resort to unspecified procedures “to curb the dangers, [the effects of which] would reach everyone and directly affect the nation stability, within law and standards.”

The ministry called on all revolutionary, political forces and NGOs to play a national role and take responsibility for intervening to halt the violence.

The statement also called on families and parents to keep their children away from the areas of violence and confrontations to avoid danger.

One protester was killed Saturday by tear gas on the Qasr al-Nil Bridge, while a child reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the head nearby on the Corniche during protests.

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/interior-ministry-warns-strict-measures

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BREAKING: Commander of Egypt's Central Security Forces sacked

BREAKING: Commander of Egypt's Central Security Forces sacked | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim has sacked the commander of the Central Security Forces (CSF) General Maged Nouh on Friday, according to Egypt's official state news agency.

 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/66415/Egypt/Politics-/BREAKING-Commander-of-Egypts-Central-Security-Forc.aspx

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Interior Ministry denies New Cairo move is politically motivated

Interior Ministry denies New Cairo move is politically motivated | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Interior Ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel Latif vehemently denied accusations Wednesday that the ministry is moving to New Cairo over fears officials will be targeted ahead of a 9 March ruling in the Port Said football stadium massacre.

“It has nothing to do with the verdict in Port Said massacre,” he said.

Latif said some ministry departments would begin moving their offices to New Cairo this week after a year of deliberations. According to Latif, New Cairo is home to several new residential areas and schools, which appealed to staff.

On Wednesday, unnamed sources within the ministry told Al-Masry Al-Youm that Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was afraid of repercussions after violence spread during the first verdict on the case 26 January, prompting him to order the move.

The sources added that the minister will use Former Minister Habib al-Adly's offices in Nasr City or work out of the Police Academy in New Cairo.

They added that the ministry's decision is yet another example of the police abandoning their posts, which is in the interest of the Muslim Brotherhood since it seeks greater control over security forces.(...)

 

More on: http://arabia.msn.com/news/middle-east/1335130/interior-ministry-denies-new-cairo-mo/

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Egypt's Minister of interior: Army cannot provide security

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Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim asked on Sunday for discarding the police from the "political equation" so that it does its part in maintaining security.

"The police has nothing to do with political conflicts between the government and the opposition," Ibrahim said at a press conference, aired on AlJazeera channel.

The Interior Minister denounced the media attack on his ministry, pointing out that it adversely affects the performance of the police, asking, "If the police were to withdraw, what are you going to do?"

"The Armed Forces cannot play the role of the police in maintaining security in the event of withdrawal of the police," Ibrahim said adding that their role lies in fighting, not maintaining security.

Regarding the strikes of members of the Central Security Forces, the minister said that they took to the streets after the uprising and that they are exposed to high levels of psychological pressure and are being attacked by all kinds of weapons whereas they are only armed with teargas bombs.

"It is natural for them to be angry, I understand their rage, we are now studying their demands and we are to address them soon," Ibrahim said.

He denied allegations that the police uses violence against protesters in demonstrations, stressing that the security forces only use teargas bombs.

"We have not fire any bullets since January 25," he said.

"Enough with rumours and attacks... let us work to achieve security for everyone," the minister said directing his words at the media and political forces.

http://news.egypt.com/english/permalink/175196.html
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Egypt’s interior minister summoned by judge over Port Said violence

Egypt’s interior minister summoned by judge over Port Said violence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Al Arabiya with agencies  

Egypt’s Minister of Interior Mohammed Ibrahim was summoned by a judge over the violence which claimed the lives of dozens in Port Said since January, a local news website reported Sunday.


Judge Abdel Aziz Shaheen, an investigating judge, called Ibrahim to court for testimony on March 17. Shaheen also wants to hear the testimony of the country’s deputy security chief for service affairs on March 18 and the Port Said east and west prison chiefs on March 19, Egypt Independent reported.

In Port Said, the Suez Canal city where the soccer stadium riot erupted in February 2012, bloody clashes in the past couple of days between protestors and police escalated.


The judge decided “to check records on the arming of police and number of troops in Port Said during the incidents, as well as their places of deployment and commanders’ names for each location they were deployed,” the news website said.


Ibrahim is facing an unprecedented strike by thousands of police officers across the country, who are calling for his resignation. However, he defended the country’s security forces in a statement on Sunday.


The interior minister stated that he would not allow vigilantes or militias to take over police duties, while admitting his police force has been strained by daily protests, clashes and criticism.


“From the minister to the youngest recruit in the force, we will not accept to have militias in Egypt,” the Associated Press quoted Ibrahim. “That will be only when we are totally dead, finished” he added.

Ibrahim was speaking a day after protesters raged in Cairo as protesters were furious over the acquittal of seven of the nine police officers, who were being tried over soccer violence that left 74 people dead last year. Some 21 civilians have received death sentences as a result.

 

More : http://english.alarabiya.net/en/2013/03/10/Egypt-s-interior-minister-summoned-by-judge-over-Port-Said-violence.html

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Egypte : Le vice-ministre de l'Intérieur limogé

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(Xinhua) - Le ministre égyptien de l'Intérieur Mohamed Ibrahim a décidé vendredi de limoger son adjoint chargé des forces de sécurité, le général Maged Noah et de le remplacer par le général Ashraf Abdallah, a annoncé l'agence de presse officielle égyptienne Mena.

Cette décision a été prise en réponse à des manifestations et au retrait des forces de sécurité de la police de plusieurs régions du pays.

Des dizaines de policiers ont manifesté vendredi dans la région de Giza, réclamant la démission du ministre de l'Intérieur et l'élaboration d'un projet de loi pour protéger les policiers contre toute agression.


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Interior Ministry denies responsibility for activist's disappearance

Interior Ministry denies responsibility for activist's disappearance | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Interior Ministry denied reports Wednesday that the National Security Agency had detained Khaled al-Aqqad, a member of the April 6 Youth-Democratic Front Movement.

A statement for the ministry said the NSA is not responsible for Aqqad's disappearance, adding that all procedures the agency takes comply with the law.

The April 6 Youth-Democratic Front Movement announced Monday that Aqqad disappeared last Wednesday on his way home, accusing the Interior MInistry and the National Security Agency of being responsible.

Members of the movement marched to Tahrir Square Tuesday, following a protest outside the prosecutor generals office denouncing Aqqad's disappearance and chanting against the government, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil's Cabinet and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

Protesters also demanded an investigation into Aqqad's disappearance, and one movement member, Sherif al-Rouby, claimed Aqqad disappeared after refusing to spy for the National Security Agency.

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