Police officer sentenced to 10 years for killing activist Shaimaa El-Sabbagh

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Jun 2017

Central Security Forces officer Yaseen Hatem was sentence on Monday in the retrial of the case, which dates back to 2015

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh
Shaimaa El-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo on Jan. 24, 2015,(Photo: AP)

The Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced a police officer to 10 years in prison for killing the activist Shamimaa El-Sabbagh in 2015.

The sentence was passed on Monday at the end of the retrial of the case, and the verdict can still be appealed in the country's highest appeal court.

El-Sabbagh, a 32-year-old mother was shot during a protest to mark the fourth anniversary of the 25 January revolution.

In June 2015, a Cairo court sentenced Central Security Forces officer Yaseen Hatem to 15 years in jail for "wounding that led to the death" of the mother of one, as well as "deliberately wounding" other protesters.

In 2016, the Court of Cassation overturned the sentence and ordered that Hatem be retried.

El-Sabbagh was reportedly killed after being hit by birdshot fired by the CSF officer.

The incident sparked a public outcry, pompting President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to vow to bring her killer to justice, bearing in mind that El-Sabbagh was protesting peacefully.

The initial court verdict against the officer was the toughest against a policeman for killing protesters since the 2011 uprising.

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