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Egypt court upholds sentences against 14 policemen for torture

The convicted policemen were accused of torturing to death of two prisoners in 2006; sentences between one and three years upheld

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 May 2015
Egypt's Court of Cassation gate (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt's Court of Cassation has upheld a verdict sentencing 14 Egyptian policeman, including a colonel, to jail on charges of murder and torture against prisoners in Cairo in 2006.
The colonel, who was charged with giving orders of torturing to death two prisoners at the Cairo Security Directorate headquarters, was handed three years while the other policemen, who were charged with carrying out the order and forging a medical report related to the case, were sentenced to one year, judicial sources told Ahram Online.
The doctor who wrote the fraudulent report was fined LE500.
The Court of Cassation is the Egypt's highest court and thus the sentences are not appealable.
Egypt's interior ministry has recently come under a media spotlight for allegations of torture in prison, a practice most Egyptians believe takes place regularly inside police stations and jails.
Egypt's general prosecutor ordered in April an investigation into torture accusations in detention centres across the country.
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