|Cops jailed for killing blogger who inspired Mubarak ouster
Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in jail for killing a blogger whose death became a catalyst for the 2011 revolt that toppled American backed strongman Hosni Mubarak.
The two were sentenced following a retrial for the manslaughter and torture of Khaled Said in June 2010, when they had unlawfully arrested him at an internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
The two police, Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman, had initially been sentenced to seven years in October 2011 for excessive brutality.
Said's death galvanized protests against then-president Hosni Mubarak, after pictures emerged online of the 28-year-old's mangled face.
The government further enraged Mubarak's opponents when it tried to cover up the killing by alleging he choked on a bag of drugs.
A Facebook group entitled “We are all Khaled Said'' helped organize the 18-day protests that drove Mubarak's hated police force from the streets and forced him to resign in February 2011.
Both defendants were in a caged dock when judge Ismail Attiya delivered the verdict. They showed little emotion on hearing the sentence.
Their lawyer said he would appeal the verdict, and relatives yelled at police outside the court room: “You sold out your men!''
Mahmoud Abdel Rahman, a lawyer for Said's family, told AFP "justice has been delivered for all'' and that the verdict sent a message of “deterrence to a powerful institution.''
Pictures of Said's bruised face after his death spread on the Internet, and his case became synonymous with police brutality under Mubarak.—AFP