Police officers’ sentences over manslaughter of 37 repealed

CAIRO: The Khanka Misdemeanor Court of Appeals revoked a March sentence against police Capt. Amr Farouq over the deaths of 37 detainees in a police van in August.

The court referred the case back to the prosecution for further investigation. Farouq had been sentenced to 10 years in prison, and one-year suspended sentences handed to three other officers in the case were also repealed.

On Aug. 18, 2013, tear gas was fired into a police van overloaded with detainees who were arrested when the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in was forcibly dispersed four days earlier. A total of 37 out of the 45 detainees suffocated from the tear gas after many hours inside the van. They were being transported to Cairo’s Abu Za’bal Prison.

The officers were charged with negligence, recklessness, lack of discretion and serious breach of duty in securing citizens’ lives.

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