Egypt's Bedouin demand release of detainees in Sinai

Egyptian Bedouin demanded that the government release detainees and investigate police officers they say were involved in the killing of 3 tribesmen in 2007.

Egypt's Bedouin demand release of detainees in Sinai

 

Egyptian Bedouin demanded on Thursday that the government release detainees and investigate police officers they say were involved in the killing of three tribesmen in 2007.

The Bedouin -- nomadic Arab tribes of the Sinai -- made the demand at a conference after a delegation of sheikhs met Interior Minister Habib El Alfy in Cairo.

They said the meeting had failed to come up with ways to ease tensions between the Bedouin and the police.

Police placed a security blockade around central Sinai towns to prevent tribesmen from reaching the conference at the village of al-Mahdiya near Egypt's border with Israel, Moussa al-Dilh, one of the conference organisers, said.

A statement demanded the government release all Bedouin detainees, including activists Mosaad Abu Fajr, Yahya Abu Nasira and Ibrahim al-Arjani.

Abu Fajr, a blogger arrested in 2007, is being held in Borg el-Arab prison in Alexandria for writing about human rights violations in the Sinai, according to newspaper reports and human rights organisations.

The statement demanded that the police officers said to be involved in the 2007 killing of three Bedouin be investigated and that all court cases and judgments in absentia against bedouin be reopened.

It also called for an end to police raids, the lifting of a security blockade on the Sinai area of Wadi Amr, the drawing up of an urgent development plan for central Sinai villages and a recognition of property ownership inside Sinai.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Temmuz 2010, 21:37
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