Court Hands Prison Sentences to Police for Murdering Suspects in Custody

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A criminal court in the southern Egyptian city of Aswan sentenced a pair of police officers to jail terms for murdering two suspected robbers who had been in their custody, the Egyptian government's official news agency MENA reported. 

Captain Mohammed al-Sayyed Abdel Azim, police chief in the popular tourist village of Abu Simbel, and his colleague, Mohei Samir Sakr, were stripped of their duties and both handed three to seven years in prison. 

Last year, the officers had arrested two men suspected of robbery. During the course of the interrogation, the officers "employed various forms of torture, causing their death," said MENA, without elaborating -- CAIRO (AFP) 


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