First death sentence imposed in killing of Egyptian protesters

CAIRO— Globe and Mail Update

A Cairo court on Sunday imposed the first death sentence in the killing of protesters during the popular uprising that deposed President Hosni Mubarak, condemning a police officer who was tried in absentia.

It was the first such sentence in over a dozen court cases involving police shooting and killing protesters. Lawyers said because the officer, Mohammed Mahmoud, was tried in absentia, the court felt free to pass the maximum sentence. Once he is arrested, Mr. Mahmoud would get a new trial, human rights lawyer Taher Abou el-Nasr said. Read more

Categories: Africa, Egypt, Recent Headlines

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