The Giza Criminal Court sentenced Monday police officer Ibrahim Mahgoub to seven years in prison, and five lower ranking officers to five years, on charges of beating a man to death and fabricating a drug possession charge in 2011.
Prosecutors said the accused officers raided the home of a citizen, Mohamed Ramadan, in Al-Saff town to search for drugs. When Ramadan objected and asked the officers to show him a search warrant, they beat him to death.
They added that Mahgoub fabricated the drug possession charge for Ramadan as a pretext for the search, whereas investigations confirmed that Ramadan was innocent.
Incidents of police violence and attacking citizens have been increasing in recent months. Nonetheless, the Interior Ministry has repeatedly denied these incidents, saying that they are “individual cases” and not systematic.