Egyptian soldiers peer out of a police vehicle to watch released detainees outside Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov.18, 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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The 53-year-old Magdy Maken, a fish cart vendor, was arrested Sunday at midnight after an altercation with a policeman, his family's lawyer Ali al-Halawani told the Associated Press. After beating him in the street, the lawyer said, the Coptic Christian Maken was taken to a police station in Cairo's middle-class neighborhood of Al-Ameriyah.Hours later, his lifeless body was brought to a nearby hospital with "torture marks," according to Halawani. A judicial official told the AP that "unusual circumstances" surrounded the death.He said police reported arresting Maken for possession of tramadol – a cheap and thus commonly abused painkiller – and that Maken later died of diabetes-related complications. Under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt witnessed a significant rise in cases of police torture, deaths in detention, and forced disappearances.In September, following a series of controversial incidents, Sisi called for a new law, or amending existing legislation to hold police accountable for abuses.Just three days following Maken's death, another police officer received life imprisonment for killing another street vendor earlier this year, in an argument over the price of a cup of tea.
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