France To Investigate Killing Of National In Cairo Police Station: AFP

The French prosecution has opened a preliminary investigation into the killing of a French national in an Egyptian police station on 13 September, AFP reported, according to a judicial source contacted by the agency.

The source said the investigation will look into the death of Eric Lang, 49, a teacher who had been living in Cairo for several years and was beaten to death in a police station near Downtown Cairo.

According to the Egyptian prosecution’s preliminary investigation, Lang was beaten to death by prison inmates after having been put under police custody after flouting a curfew in place since August in Cairo.

He was arrested in the upscale neighbourhood of Zamalek.

A suspect said that he, along with five other suspects, beat Lang to death because he was not Egyptian, according to Kasr El-Nil prosecution’s preliminary investigation released last Wednesday.

Five other suspects denied attacking the victim.

A preliminary autopsy revealed the Frenchman died from internal bleeding and a skull fracture. The prosecution has asked forensics to speed up their expected report on the cause of death.

Lang’s lawyer Raphael Kempf told AFP that he was arrested on 6 September one hour before curfew.

Egypt has been under a strict curfew since hundreds died following the violent dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo by security forces on 14 August.

Source : Ahram