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Two Egypt policemen acquitted of lawyer's torture and killing

AFP  |  Cairo 

An Egyptian appeals court today acquitted two police officers who were imprisoned for allegedly beating to death a detained in 2015, a said.

The two officers, a with the national security service, had been accused of torturing and beating to death in a police station after a pro-protest.

The officers were sentenced to five years in prison in December 2015, which they appealed.

Hamdi, 28, had been referred to prosecutors, but two days after his arrest he died at a police station in the working-class district of Matariya.

A father of two, his death sparked outrage among his colleagues.

The of the lawyer's syndicate in northern Cairo, Mohammad Othman, said at the time that Hamdi was arrested for taking part in a protest of support of the banned

said at the time that Hamdi had died after suffering "blows to several parts of his body with a blunt object".

An interior ministry spokesman, Hany Abdel Latif, said Hamdi had been involved in a terrorist cell and that he had been arrested in the company of an armed person.

The Brotherhood was branded a terrorist organisation in after the ousted in July 2013 following mass protests against him.

Since Morsi's ouster, rights groups have regularly denounced the regime of his successor over alleged abuses.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 20:25 IST