Protests in Aswan after man dies in custody

Protests in Aswan after man dies in custody

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Wed, 02/01/2013 - 23:05

Hundreds of people from the Ababda and Bashaira tribes staged protests in Aswan after a man from the Bashaira tribe died in the Aswan police station detention room.

The man was arrested with six others and charged with illegally digging for gold. However, he was injured when the police van that was taking him to the station crashed, and later died while being detained for 15 days pending investigation.

Sheikh Awad Hadl of the Bashaira tribe said the police have always mistreated them, and demanded the release of the other six defendants.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm