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Egypt's Appeals Court upholds three year sentence for 'eye-sniper'

First Lieutenant Mahmoud El-Shinnawy was tried for attempted murder for targeting the eyes of five protesters with birdshot during the November 2011 Mohamed Mahmoud clashes

Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 3 May 2014
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The appeals court rejected on Saturday the appeal of First Lieutenant Mahmoud El-Shinnawy, known as the 'eye-sniper', against a three years prison sentence he received in March 2013 for deliberately shooting at protesters' eyes during the Mohamed Mahmoud street clashes in November 2011.

El-Shinnawy was tried for attempted murder for targeting the eyes of five protesters with birdshot. 

The Central Security Forces lieutenant became known as the 'eye-sniper' after a video circulated on the internet of El-Shinnawy deliberately targeting the eyes of protesters during the clashes. 

Around 40 people were killed in the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes in November 2011 when police and unarmed protesters fought running battles near the interior ministry in downtown Cairo. 

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