Egyptian villagers kill mental patient mistaken for thief

Egyptian villagers kill mental patient mistaken for thief
# 24 March 2013 01:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A group of villagers killed a mental patient mistaken for a thief Saturday in northern Egypt, APA reports citing state-run news agency MENA.

Residents of a village near Zagazig town in Sharqiya, about 65 km north of the capital Cairo, chased the man, who they believed was stealing a car, until he jumped into a canal.

The villagers pulled him out, killed him and mutilated his body.

An investigation later revealed the man was a mental patient on his way to get his monthly medications at a local hospital.

Violent acts have become common throughout in Egypt due to the deteriorating security following the 2011 upheaval that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

Recently, the security became even worse as many police officers and security members went on a nationwide strike against being involved in political conflicts where they had to confront anti-government protesters.

On March 17, two thieves were beaten to death by some villagers in Gharbiya over an attempt to steal a rickshaw allegedly for kidnapping girls.

The incidents bring to mind the recent debate over Prosecutor- General Talaat Ibrahim Abdallah's decision to allow "juridical arrest," which gives citizens the right to arrest criminals and lawbreakers. The measure was met by a wave of criticism as it raised concerns over possible clashes among citizens.

Urged by the measure, Islamist group al-Jamaa al-Islamiya in Upper Egypt's governorate of Assiut formed the "popular security committees" to protect the citizens while the police were on a strike.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Assiut also threatened if the police do not return to their job soon, the group will do the job via its own popular committees.