Egypt Sentences Policeman to Five Years for Protesters’ Deaths

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a policeman to five years in prison for participating in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the state-run Middle East News Agency said.

The verdict against Mohamed el-Sunni replaces an earlier death sentence for the same offense, when the defendant was tried in absentia, MENA said. He then turned himself in for a retrial.

Earlier this month, a court sentenced five policemen to 10 years in prison for the killing of protesters during the uprising, which left at least 846 people dead. That ruling followed a series of acquittals of police officers accused of involvement in the deaths.

A ruling in the case of Mubarak, charged with complicity in the killings, is due on June 2.

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