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Egyptian officer gets 15 years for killing woman protester

Egyptian court sentences police officer to 15 years in prison over killing woman protester

Egyptian officer gets 15 years for killing woman protester

CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has convicted and sentenced a police officer to 15 years in prison over the killing of a female protester during a peaceful demonstration in Cairo in January.

The Cairo Criminal Court ruled on Thursday against 24-year-old police lieutenant Yassin Hatem Salahedeen, charged with manslaughter over the death of 32-year-old activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh.

The killing has struck a nerve with many Egyptians and stoked anger over perceived brutality of the police.

Video footage of the incident showed el-Sabbagh collapsing in a colleague's arms with her head, chest and back soaked in blood after a masked policeman fired birdshot in her direction. Rights lawyers and witnesses have said the police hampered efforts to save el-Sabbagh's life by preventing an ambulance from passing through the cordon.


Updated : 2021-09-26 06:07 GMT+08:00