The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) filed a second complaint with the Public Prosecutor on 4 September (no. 18404/2011) asking for an investigation into the ongoing police intimidation of Mohamed Marzouk, who was shot by police officers on Friday, 28 January (known as the ‘Friday of Rage’). Policemen are pressuring Marzouk to withdraw his complaint against them.
The complaint filed by the EIPR demands that an investigation be opened into the verbal assault and threats directed at Marzouk on 1 September by two of the policemen accused of shooting him. On that day, Marzouk was stopped on by policeman Ali Mustafa and undercover detective Tareq Said Haggag. He was verbally assaulted, threatened, and told to withdraw his complaint. Mustafa brandished a gun and warned him that he would frame him on a weapons’ possession charge.
“I’ve become desperate—who can I turn to for protection?” Mohammed Marzouk said. “The Public Prosecutor’s Office has not taken serious measures regarding the complaint I filed in April accusing the Marg station policemen of pressuring me to change my statement and withdraw my complaint against them. The Interior Ministry hasn’t paid attention to the complaint I filed with them, and as soon as I filed it, my house was broken into and my family threatened.”
The intimidation and threats against Marzouk started on 3 May, when police officers from the Marg station stormed his h