Interior Minister vows to apprehend 3 officers for killing protesters

Beni Suef Governor Samir Saif al-Yazal says Interior Minister Mahmoud Wagdi promised he would turn in three police officers accused of killing ten protesters during the revolution.

The governor said Wagdi made the pledge during a phone call with him on Wednesday.

Attorney General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud had ordered the apprehension of Major Mohamed Dabash, the head of Beba's investigation services in Beni Suef, who currently works at the Fayoum security department, as well as captains Hazem Hammad and Mohamed Hisham Darwhish, also from Beba. The men are accused of killing ten protesters and injuring 22 others on 29 January.

The deaths were part of violence during wide-scale, pro-democracy protests that led to the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February after three decades in office.

Saif al-Yazal said Wagdi informed him that the officers would be apprehended within hours and would be referred for prosecution in Beni Suef.

He added that he had sent a letter to the armed forces urging the military to arrest the officers as Beba’s citizens staged demonstrations in front of the governorate’s office, demanding their immediate arrest.

In related news, Saif al-Yazal also said he decided to change the name of the province’s largest square from al-Nasr to “the 25 January Martyrs”.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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