FILE- Sudanese people chant slogans as they celebrate, after Sudan's ruling military council and a coalition of opposition and protest groups reached an agreement to share power during a transition period leading to elections, along the streets of Khartou
CAIRO – 10 November 2019: The Egyptian Ministry of Interior refuted Sudanese claims about suspicious circumstances around the death of a former Sudanese police officer in Cairo, stressing he died of severe pneumonia.
Sudanese media outlets have reported that protests broke out in the city of Omdurman in Khartoum, as people are skeptical about the circumstances of the death of former police officer Nizar al-Naeim.
In December, Naeim quit his job after he refused to execute police orders to disperse protests at that time. It was reported also that he had evidence the police used violence in dispersing protests outside the headquarters of the Sudanese Armed Forces in June 2019.
The Egyptian ministry affirmed that Naeim, along with his wife, had entered the Egyptian territories through Arqin border crossing on November 3, 2019 to receive treatment for severe pneumonia. Two days late, the wife informed the Sudanese Embassy in Cairo of his death at their residency in Bulak al-Dakror district in Giza, the ministry’s statement read.
Immediately, the embassy sent a representative and a physician to check the reasons of his death. Then, the dead body was transported to Zeinhom Morgue in downtown Cairo to finalize the legal documents for deporting the dead body.
On November 7, the embassy sent a letter to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the officer’s death.