Egypt court sentences 2 policemen to 5 years for torturing a lawyer to death while in custody
Ahram Online, Saturday 12 Dec 2015
The incident dates to February 2015, when the policemen were interrogating a lawyer, Karim Hamdy, in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district


Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced two policemen to five years hard labour for torturing a lawyer to death while he was in custody.

The court found the two officers guilty of beating a civilian to death and of attempting to get a confession under duress.

The verdict can still be appealed.

The events of the incident date to February 2015, when the policemen were interrogating a lawyer, Karim Hamdy, in a police station in Cairo's Matariya district.

The officers had questioned Hamdy over accusations of illegal weapons possession, involvement in anti-government violence, and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

A forensic medicine report said Hamdy sustained fractures to his ribs and suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.

Matariya, a working-class district in northeast Cairo, had been a regular site for protests by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi since July 2013.

In February, the general prosecution imposed a gag order on the case.

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