News24.com | Egypt sentences policeman to 10 years over protester's death


News24.com | Egypt sentences policeman to 10 years over protester's death
  1. News24.com | Egypt sentences policeman to 10 years over protester's death
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    An Egyptian policeman was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Monday for the deadly shooting of a protester during a January 2015 rally, judicial and security officials have…
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Cairo - An Egyptian policeman was sentenced to 10 years in jail on Monday for the deadly shooting of a protester during a January 2015 rally, judicial and security officials said.

Shaima al-Sabbagh was hit with birdshot pellets on January 24, 2015 on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the anti-Hosni Mubarak uprising as police dispersed a march.

Sabbagh, a 34-year-old mother, was with other activists carrying a wreath to Cairo's Tahrir Square to commemorate the deaths of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 revolt.

"The ruling can be considered good and a victory, in the circumstances we're currently living in," lawyer Mohamed Abdelaziz, representing Sabbagh, told AFP after the verdict.

The policeman, Lieutenant Yassin Mohamed Hatem, received a 15-year sentence in June 2015 after he was convicted of "battery that led to death".

He appealed the ruling, and the Court of Cassation annulled it in February 2016, ordering a new trial.

The officer can still appeal the latest ruling.

With part of the incident captured on film, Sabbagh's death triggered outrage in Egypt and abroad, prompting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to publicly demand that the…

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