12 officers receive prison sentences for ‘insulting’ prosecutors
Egyptian Security forces - YOUM7/Mahmoud Hefnawy (Archive)

CAIRO: Three policemen were sentenced to life in absentia; eight others were sentenced to 10 years in prison and one was sentenced to three years Tuesday for raiding a prosecution office in Sohag, Youm7 reported.

Sohag Criminal Court accused the policemen of cursing and swearing at the prosecutors in their office in the Upper Egyptian governorate.

Ten of the 12 policemen are low-ranking; one senior officer was sentenced to life and another was sentenced to three years. All the policemen work in the same police station.

In October 2014, the prosecution ordered an investigation into the chiefs of the police station for allegedly failing to take the testimonies of injured people in a traffic accident that involved the car of a prosecutor.

The prosecutors accused the policemen of raiding their office in objection to the investigation and insulting them. They also claimed the policemen confined them to the office and threatened them with firearms. The policemen’s sentence may be appealed.

Convicting police officers is rare in Egypt. Most policemen accused of killing protesters during the January 25 Revolution in 2011 were acquitted on grounds of self-defense. A few were sentenced in absentia, and others are still being tried. Only two policemen are serving terms, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

Officers accused of killing protesters after the revolution until this day have not been held accountable.

Lieutenant Colonel Amr Farouk was sentenced to 10 years in prison in March 2014 for 37 deaths in a cramped police truck due to suffocation in August 2013. In June 2014, however, the ruling was annulled and the case was referred back to the prosecution for further investigations.

Two policemen were sentenced to 10 years in prison in a final ruling in March 2014 after several levels of litigation for the manslaughter of Khaled Said, whose 2010 death was one of the sparks of the January 25 Revolution.

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