Egyptian policemen sentenced to life in prison for torturing man to death

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 26 Dec 2015

The two policemen, officer Ahmed Kafrawy and lower ranking policeman Ahmed Saleh, were found guilty of torturing two men and killing one of them

Interior Ministry headquarters
Interior Ministry headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, March 8, 2013 (Reuters)

Egypt's Tanta Criminal Court sentenced two policemen in absentia to life in prison for torturing two inmates, leading to the death of one of them, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Saturday. 

The two policemen, officer Ahmed Kafrawy and lower ranking policeman Ahmed Saleh, were initially charged in October 2014. 

Torture is forbidden by Egypt's 2014 constitution, with Article 52 stating that "torture in all its forms is a crime without a statute of limitations."

However, local and international rights group have said that torture by security forces remains prevalent in Egypt.

The Ministry of Interior has repeatedly said that it would punish any policemen proved to have tortured prisoners.

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