Two po­lice of­fi­cers to serve 3 years in prison for storm­ing po­lice sta­tion

Po­lice of­fi­cers stormed po­lice sta­tion in Shar­qiya gov­er­norate, at­tacked se­cu­rity forces to de­mand more rights

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Sarah El-Sheikh

A Cairo Crim­i­nal Court sen­tenced two non-com­mis­sioned po­lice­men to three years in prison on Tues­day after they were con­victed in a re­trial of in­cite­ment against the Min­istry of In­te­rior in Shar­qiya gov­er­norate.

The po­lice of­fi­cers are ac­cused of in­cit­ing against the min­istry of in­te­rior, gath­er­ing col­leagues for a strike ,storm­ing into a po­lice sta­tion, join­ing an il­le­gal group, and hin­der­ing work process.

The two po­lice­men, Es­sam El-Ra­gal and Ay­man Mo­hamed, were sen­tenced in ab­sen­tia in April to five years in prison dur­ing their first trial. They were lead­ers of group es­tab­lished to de­mand rights of low-rank­ing po­lice of­fi­cers in Egypt.

In Au­gust 2015, the po­lice of­fi­cers stormed a po­lice sta­tion and at­tacked se­cu­rity forces, and or­gan­ised strikes to de­mand their de­layed salaries and bet­ter pen­sions.

These were not the first po­lice of­fi­cers de­tained for at­tempt­ing to strike. In March 2016, seven non­com­mis­sioned po­lice of­fi­cers were ar­rested on ac­cu­sa­tions of in­cit­ing other of­fi­cers to strike, or­gan­is­ing il­le­gal protests, and be­long­ing to il­le­gal groups which aimed to dis­rupt po­lice work.

The po­lice of­fi­cers are ac­cused of in­cit­ing against the min­istry of in­te­rior, gath­er­ing col­leagues for a strike

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