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Egyptian Policeman Sentenced To Life For Killing Vendor

A Cairo court sentenced a policeman to life in prison on Wednesday for shooting dead a vendor in a dispute over the price of a cup of tea, judicial officials said.

The incident in a Cairo suburb last April inflamed anger over a string of police abuses which the government has promised to end.

The court convicted low ranking officer Zeinhom Abdel Razzek of murdering the street vendor after they quarrelled over the price of a cup of tea.

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The court also convicted him of the attempted murder of two passersby he wounded in the shooting.

In the incident’s aftermath, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for police who make mistakes to “immediately” be held responsible.

In February, another policeman shot dead a driver using his official firearm following an argument over the price of ferrying goods, setting off protests in a Cairo neighbourhood.

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