Five Egyptian police officers jailed for protester deaths, ten released

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 May 2012

Out of 17 accused, five police officers were sentenced to 10 years in prison, two were given suspended sentences and ten were released, on charges of killing protesters during Egypt's revolution

A Giza court has found seven police officers guilty of charges of killing protestors during Egypt's January 25 Revolution.

Giza Criminal Court sentenced five police officers to ten years in prison and gave two police officers a suspended sentence. Ten other officers were found not guilty of the charge of killing five protesters and injuring 17 on 28 January and 29 January last year.

Seventeen police officers were charged in the case, accused of killing protesters in front of Giza and El-Hawamdia police stations.

The court took the evidence of eye-witnesses and watched video recordings of the events during the trial. The defendants however presented pictures of burned police stations to the court and accused protesters of looting and violence against the officers. Some defendants suggested that the charges were brought against them for the sake of public opinion.

In several similar cases against police officers accused of complicity in the deaths of protesters during January and February last year, the officers have been found not guilty and released, meeting an angry response from the families of the martyrs and human rights activists.

Over 800 Egyptians were killed during the 18 days of protests prior to Hosni Mubarak's ousting last year.

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