Egypt cops guilty of fatal torture

2012-05-31 22:37

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced four policemen to three years in prison for torturing an inmate to death, the official MENA news agency reported.

The agency named the victim as Farouq Mohammed, without specifying when he was killed.

In a separate trial, three policemen were acquitted on charges of killing protesters during the uprising last year that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak, MENA said. It did not give the court's reason for their acquittal.

Protesters torched police stations around Egypt during the 18-day revolt that forced Mubarak to resign on 11 February 2011.

Thursday's sentencing came a day after another policeman was jailed for five years for killing protesters during the revolt.

Mubarak, his interior minister Habib al-Adly and six security chiefs are on trial for their role in the hundreds of killings during the uprising.

Their verdict is expected on 2 June.