Egyptians Become Victims of Soaring Crime Rate

(Financial Times-UK) Borzou Daragahi - Across Egypt, a wave of crime unlike anything the country has experienced in its recent history has upended lives and altered the psyche of a nation long considered devoid of violent crime. Interior ministry officials say homicides tripled from 774 in 2010 to 2,144 in 2012. Kidnapping for ransom rose from 107 in 2010 to 412 in 2012. Armed robberies rose from 233 in 2010 to 2,807 in 2012, while car thefts increased from 4,973 to 21,166. "Now we have the problem of people violently expressing themselves in what they consider freedom of expression," said Mohamed Bastami, a criminologist at the National Center for Social and Criminological Research in Cairo.

2013-05-03 00:00:00

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