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Police investigated for Egypt violence

Feb. 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

CAIRO, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Sixteen law enforcement officials are under investigation for the beating of a man caught on film during a protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

One police officer and 15 Central Security Forces conscripts were filmed allegedly dragging the man along the ground outside the presidential palace in Cairo, stripping and beating him, al-Ahram reported Sunday. The footage, filmed by the al-Hayat satellite channel, has caused an outcry throughout the country as protests against Morsi's rule were ongoing.

A court in Heliopolis has began a separate investigation into violent attacks on protesters by police officers Friday. The prosecution said it has gathered birdshot canisters, tear gas canisters, Molotov cocktails and protesters' burnt tents as evidence, al-Ahram reported.

Health Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Omar said Sunday the number of people dead and injured in Friday's clashes has reached 113.

One protester was killed near Ettehadiya Palace, Egyptian news agency MENA reported. Omar said 46 people were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

Eighty-eight people were injured protesting at Ettehadiya Palace, 11 in Tahrir Square and 13 in front of the governorate headquarters in Kafr al-Sheikh, he said.

The current unrest began Jan. 24 in Cairo on the eve of the second anniversary of the 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters accuse Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, of imposing a new form of authoritarianism and turning his back on the values behind the uprising.

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