Egypt policemen charged in torturing street vendor to death

October 28, 2019 GMT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have referred 10 policemen to trial, three years after allegedly torturing a street vendor to death.

No date for the trial was mentioned in Monday’s announcement.

Magdy Maken, a 53-year-old Coptic Christian fish cart vendor, was allegedly killed inside a police station in November 2016.

At the time, his lawyer told The Associated Press that Maken was seized after an altercation with a policeman.

Maken’s death triggered public outrage over police abuse, which was among the main causes of Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising.

The Interior Ministry has justified such incidents as isolated.


Under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in cases of police torture, deaths in detention and forced disappearances.

Egyptian policemen who are charged with abuses typically get acquitted on appeal.