Lawyer demands former interior minister be banned from travel

A police report was filed Monday to the public prosecutor against former Interior Minister Mansour al-Essawy, calling for his name to be placed on the travel ban lists, according to state newspaper Al-Ahram.

The report accuses him of forcing Major General Hassan Abdel Hamid, former assistant to the interior minister, to resign from his job after testifying against former President Hosni Mubarak in the case over the killing of demonstrators during the 25 January revolution.

The report was filed by lawyer Assem Qandil, who said in the report that Essawy forced Abdel Hamid to resign, which is a violation and an abuse of power since it breaks laws and regulations, Al-Ahram reported.

Qandil that Abdel Hamid left his work in the police after he suffered financial and mental coercion from Essawy.

A court sentenced Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly in June to life in prison on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters. Adly’s aides, however, were acquitted on the same charges.

Essawy served as interior minister in the interim government of former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf after it was formed in March 2011 until it was dismissed at the end of that year.

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