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Egypt court sentences two policemen to jail over detainee's death

Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Nov 2018
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An Egyptian criminal court sentenced on Sunday a policeman to three years in prison over the death of a young man who was killed shortly after he was arrested earlier this year.

The Cairo criminal court also handed a low-ranking policeman a six-month prison term over the incident, which took place in January.

The two men were convicted of beating Mohamed Abdel-Hakim to death and detaining him without legal grounds.

The 22-year-old Abdel-Hakim, known as Afroto, died in hospital shortly after being arrested on suspicion of drug dealing.

Following his death, 43 people were arrested during clashes with police forces that erupted outside the Mokattam police station where he had been briefly detained.

A post-mortem report said the death was caused by "severe laceration of the spleen and abdominal bleeding."

A number of policemen have been sentenced over abuses and violence over the past few years. The interior ministry denies accusations of widespread torture by police and says it investigates any violations and that such incidents are isolated cases. 

Sunday's sentences can still be appealed.

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