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Lawyers of Matrouh protests the assault on their colleagues inside a police station

Six lawyers organized a protest before Marsa Matrouh police station after being assaulted by policemen inside the station. “We were 6 lawyers in the station at the midnight when the light was cut off and the warden shouted on us: go out,” said the well-known Egyptian barrister Montaser el-Zayat on Facebook. “He ordered the cops to kick us off out the station forcibly. They assaulted us and one of the officers pushed a colleague so that he fell on the stairs.” He added, “We filed a complaint to the prosecution and it is now investigating the incident.”

The Bar Syndicate in Matrouh demanded the security director in Matrouh to stop the warden, the officer and the members who assaulted the lawyers, from work. It also demanded the prosecution to make urgent conclusions in its investigations over the incident. The general assembly of the syndicate announced that it is in permanent session until the achievement of their demands. The well-known barrister Tarek al-Awady demanded the Bar Syndicate in Cairo to support their colleagues in Matrouh. The ministry of interior issued a statement denying the incident and accusing the lawyers of verbally assaulting the warden and the cops.