Cairo criminal court acquits two police officers of torturing lawyer to death

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 May 2018

Egyptian court

A Cairo criminal court has acquitted on Sunday two police officers in a retrial for the torturing to death of a lawyer at a Cairo police station in 2015.

In December 2015, the two policemen, a lieutenant-colonel and a major in the country's National Security Agency, were convicted in the case and sentenced to five years in prison.

Lawyer Karim Hamdy, 27, was detained for interrogation at a police station in Matariya district in east Cairo on violence-related crimes and belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

According to the forensic report, Hamdy had suffered rib fractures and a brain haemorrhage.

The sentence was later overturned by an appeals court, which ordered a retrial.

Today’s verdict can still be appealed.

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