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Egypt's interior minister to be questioned over riot deaths

Egypt's interior minister and senior policemen will be investigated over recent deadly rioting in the restive city of Port Said, reported the state-run newspaper al-Ahram online Sunday.

Judge Abdel Aziz Shaheen ordered Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim be questioned next week over the unrest that erupted in January following the sentencing of 21 local people to death, according to the report.

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Bearded police officers protest outside Interior Ministry

Bearded police officers protest outside Interior Ministry | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Dozens of bearded police officers staged a protest Tuesday outside the Interior Ministry headquarters in downtown Cairo, holding banners calling on the ministry to respect a judicial ruling ordering their return to work.

Police officers asserting their right to grow facial hair won a victory when the Supreme Administrative Court in Cairo turned down the interior minister's challenge to a previous court ruling ordering the dismissed officers reinstated.  

An Interior Ministry source argued that the Administrative Court's ruling had nothing to do with the officers' right to grow their beards. (Egypt independent)

 

More : http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/bearded-police-officers-protest-outside-interior-ministry

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Ministry of Interior : Police will not use new weapons in protests

Ministry of Interior : Police will not use new weapons in protests | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Media official of the Ministry of Interior said on Monday that the new weapons, which will be provided to the police, will only be used during confrontations with dangerous criminals and according to hazardous situations defined by law. 

The weapons will not be used against peaceful demonstrations and marches.

He said in a statement published on the official page of the Interior Ministry that the police only has teargas bombs to disperse protesters when necessary.

A security source said on Saturday that the Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim agreed to several demands of the police, after they held protests demanding weapons and better work conditions, including aiding the ministry with 100,000 pistols.

He also agreed to cancel disciplinary military tribunals for policemen.

 

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Minister who objected to Morsi's hush hush meeting with Iran is ousted from government

Minister who objected to Morsi's hush hush meeting with Iran is ousted from government | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Former Egyptian interior minister Ahmed Gamal al-Din was replaced in last week’s Cabinet reshuffle after he objected to a meeting between an advisor to President Mohammed Morsi and a senior commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard, according to Egyptian media reports.

Gamal al-Din reportedly complained about the meeting between Morsi’s advisor Issam Haddad andIran’s Qassem Suleimani. The former interior minister was also disappointed about the Brotherhood’s handling of the country’s security issues.

 

The low-profile meeting between the Iranian and Egyptian official focused on intelligence issues, including the development of Egypt’s intelligence agency, the widely circulated al-Masry al-Youm newspaper reported, quoting sources.

Iran’s Suleimani reportedly spoke about his experience in Iran’s security affairs, and the Muslim Brotherhood officials who met with him expressed their desire to learn from the Iranian security experience. (...)

The Muslim Brotherhood has denied such allegations; “Some newspaper and websites have quoted a British newspaper saying that the Muslim Brotherhood asked for secret Iranian support to strengthen their control over the country, and that some leaders met the head of the Iranian Quds Force earlier this year, but this news is fiction and totally untrue,” said the media spokesman for the Brotherhood, Mahmoud Ghozlan.

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Egyptian minister warns of police strain

Egyptian minister warns of police strain | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Egyptian interior minister has said daily protests, clashes and harsh media criticism have strained the nation's police forces.

Mohammed Ibrahim also dismissed a strike by policemen as minor and warned against what he called plots to cause the disintegration of the force, saying he will not allow vigilante groups to replace the police.

"From the minister to the youngest recruit in the force, we will not accept to have militias in Egypt,'' Ibrahim said on Sunday. "That will be only when we are totally dead, finished.''

 

His declaration followed a statement by a group that its members would take up policing duties in the southern province of Assiut because of strikes by local security forces.

Legislators have raised the possibility of legalising private security companies, granting them the right to arrest and detain. (...)

 

Hundreds of police officers went on strike over complaints about working conditions and allegations that the country's government is trying to infuse the force with supporters, dragging it into the country's highly polarised politics.

"There are groups of policemen on strike. I understand them. They are protesting the pressure they are under, the attacks from the media,'' the minister said. "They work in hard conditions and exert everything they can and are not met with appreciation or thanks

 

More on: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/201331016013128904.html

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Interior Ministry, protesters agree to open Tahrir for traffic Friday

Interior Ministry, protesters agree to open Tahrir for traffic Friday | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Protesters agreed with the Interior Ministry Thursday to open Tahrir Square for traffic Friday evening after their protest to demand the trial of President Mohamed Morsy.

The ministry is to present to them a timetable for the removal of all concrete barriers from Cairos streets.

The move was in response to an initiative by media personality Amr al-Leithy.

Protesters have been staging a sit-in in the square since the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution, protesting against Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Interior Minister Warns Egypt Could Turn into Militia

Interior Minister Warns Egypt Could Turn into Militia | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt’s Interior Minister warned yesterday that if country’s police forces were to collapse, Egypt would become a militia-state like some neighboring countries.

 

The grim assessment by Interior Minister Muhammad Ibrahim— who offered to resign if it were to satisfy the Egyptian people—comes after eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people.

 

Furthermore, a video of a demonstrator stripped naked, dragged across the ground and beaten with batons by helmeted riot police has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage.(...)

 

However, the protester in the video, Hamada Saber, later said in an interview from his hospital bed that the riot police were helping him rather than beating him, a statement Saber’s family disputes and says was made under police pressure. Moreover, Saber’s hospital statement contradicts the Interior Ministry’s statement.

 

Speaking to reporters Interior Minister Ibrahim said that initial results from the public prosecutor's investigation show that 48-year-old Hamada Saber was undressed by "rioters" during skirmishes between police and protesters. He was then hit in the foot by a bird shot, the interior minister said, stopping short of saying if the injury was a result of police firing into the crowds.

"The central security forces then found him lying on the ground and tried to put him in an armored vehicle, though the way in which they did that was excessive," said Ibrahim.

However, a woman identifying herself as Mr. Saber’s daughter Randa, said in on Egyptian television that her father was forced to lie during the interview and was “afraid to talk.”(...)

 

"This shows that state institutions are collapsing, as is the rule of law. We are living in chaos," said lawyer Achraf Shazly, 35. "Next thing you know, the martyr killed yesterday will rise from the dead and say he wasn't shot." (...)

 

The rise of Mursi—the first freely elected leader in Egypt's 5,000-year history—is probably the single most important change achieved by two years of revolts across the Arab world. But seven months since taking office, he has failed to unite Egyptians. Street unrest and political instability threaten to render the most populous Arab state ungovernable.

 

The latest round of violence was triggered by the second anniversary of the uprising against Mubarak and death sentences handed down last week in Port Said over a soccer stadium riot.

Mursi has had little opportunity to reform the police and security forces he inherited from Mubarak and the military men.(...)

 

"The instructions of the interior minister to use excessive violence in confronting protesters does not seem like surprising behavior given the clear incitement by prominent figures in the presidency," said opposition coalition spokesman Khaled Daoud.

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The liberal, leftist and secularist opposition accuses Mursi of betraying the revolution that toppled Mubarak by concentrating too much power in his own hands and those of his Muslim Brotherhood, a formerly underground Islamist movement.

 

Mursi and the Brotherhood accuse the opposition of stoking street unrest to further their demands for a national unity government as a way to retake power they lost at the ballot box.

 

In announcing an investigation into the beating of Saber, Mursi's office made clear he was still pointing the blame at the political opponents who have encouraged protests.

 

"What has transpired over the past day is not political expression, but rather acts of criminality. The presidency will not tolerate vandalism or attacks on individuals and property. The police have responded to these actions in a restrained manner," Mursi's office said.

 

"Doubtless, in the heat of the violence, there can be violations of civil liberties, and the presidency equally will not tolerate such abuses. In one incident, an individual was seen to be dragged and beaten by police. The Minister of Interior has, appropriately, announced an investigation."

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