Egypt sentences policeman to die for protest deaths

CAIRO Sun May 22, 2011 8:22pm IST

Protesters clash with riot police in downtown Cairo January 25, 2011. An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a police officer to death in absentia on Sunday for killing protesters during demonstrations that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a judicial source said on Sunday. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih/Files

Protesters clash with riot police in downtown Cairo January 25, 2011. An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a police officer to death in absentia on Sunday for killing protesters during demonstrations that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a judicial source said on Sunday.

Credit: Reuters/Asmaa Waguih/Files

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CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a police officer to death in absentia on Sunday for killing protesters during demonstrations that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a judicial source said on Sunday.

The source said Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Monem was convicted of killing 20 protesters on Jan. 28, one of the most violent days of the 18-day uprising that unseated Mubarak on Feb. 11. The court referred the case to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's religious authority who must approve all death sentences.

The sentence against Abdel-Monem, who has evaded capture, is scheduled to be confirmed on June 26 after the Mufti's approval.

(Writing by Sarah Mikhail)

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