Egypt puts on trial police officer who shot driver dead in the street

February 21, 2016 13:06

CAIRO - Egypt's prosecutor referred a policeman who shot dead a driver in a busy street to trial for murder, state news agency MENA reported on Sunday, in the latest case to highlight public concerns about police brutality.

Sergeant Mostafa Abdel Karim is accused of shooting a driver in the head after a dispute over his fare on Thursday night and was forced to flee a mob of local people who attempted to catch and kill him. Hundreds of protesters immediately gathered in front of the Cairo security directorate.

Abdel Karim confessed to using his interior ministry-issued gun to shoot the driver following an argument, killing him instantly, the prosecutor's office said.

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