Egypt: Lawyers assaulted in Giza, prevented from attending investigations with arrested protesters

April 27, 2016


Two lawyers were assaulted by officers from Dokki police station as tensions escalated between lawyers and police over the arrests of protesters in Monday’s protests.

Officers prevented the lawyers from entering the station to attend investigations with detained protesters on Tuesday. Two lawyers were assaulted in the process. Police officers said they were instructed not to allow lawyers to enter but the lawyers insisted on the defendants’ right to counsel.

Earlier on Tuesday, the prosecution office sent staff to represent 87 protesters who were arrested on Monday during nationwide protests that objected to the maritime demarcation deal that transfers the sovereignty of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia.

The lawyers’ insistence on attending the investigations led to verbal clash with police forces that led to two of the lawyers being assaulted by officers, according to eyewitnesses.


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