Egypt: Two policemen jailed for killing Khaled Said
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced two policemen to seven years after convicting them for their role in the 2010 killing of Khaled Said who became a symbol of the fight against police torture. "The Alexandria Criminal Court has sentenced two policemen from the Sidi Gaber police station to seven years in jail with hard labour in the case of Khaled Said's death," the official MENA news agency reported.
Last year, the two policemen, Mahmud Salah Mahmud and Awad Ismail Suleiman, dragged Said out of an Internet cafe and severely beat him on a busy street in Alexandria. Said's death sparked mass protests around the country and a Facebook page dedicated to him helped launch the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February.
A government report initially said that Said was killed after choking on drugs, but in September a panel said that was not the case.
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