Court frees po­lice­man con­victed of killing pro­test­ers

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CAIRO | An Egyp­tian court Wed­nes­day over­turned a death sen­tence against the only po­lice of­fi­cer con­victed of killing pro­test­ers dur­ing an 18-day up­ris­ing that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year.

The Cairo Crim­i­nal Court ac­quit­ted po­lice­man Mo­hammed Ab­del-moneim, who was sen­tenced to death for shoot­ing 20 pro­test­ers on Jan. 28 last year in front of a Cairo po­lice sta­tion. The court did not give rea­sons for its rul­ing. Jan. 28, called the Fri­day of Rage, wit­nessed a heavy po­lice crack­down on tens of thou­sands of pro­test­ers.

Ab­del-moneim was the only po­lice of­fi­cer who was tried for killing pro­test­ers in more than a dozen court cases over the deaths of at least 846 peo­ple.

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