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Egyptian officer gets 15 years in jail for killing woman protester

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.

By: Associated Press | Cairo |
Updated: June 11, 2015 10:00:51 pm
Egypt, egypt news, egypt police sentenced, egypt protester killed, egypt protester shot dead, egypt police, egypt january protests, africa news, wolrd news, international news FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2015 photo, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo.(Source: 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.

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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.

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