Egypt Court Overturns Prison Terms for Death That Fueled Revolt

An Egyptian appeals court overturned prison sentences against two policemen convicted in the case of Khaled Saeed, whose death after being allegedly beaten by police helped spark Egypt’s uprising last year.

The court today ordered a new trial for Mahmoud Salah and Awad Soliman, who were sentenced by a lower court to seven years in prison after they were convicted of “using force and torture” in a way that led to Saeed’s death, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

Saeed’s death in 2010 and widely circulated images of his bloodied face became a rallying point for protests that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak last year. Accusations of police brutality fueled the revolt.

An acquittal or light sentences in Saeed’s case will probably anger activists.

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