News

Egyptian Court Reverses 15 Year Prison Sentence For Policeman Accused of Killing Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh

Egyptian Court Reverses 15 Year Prison Sentence For Policeman Accused of Killing Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh

REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper

An Egyptian court has reversed the 15-year jail sentence handed down to a policeman accused of killing activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh in January 2015.

The Appeals Court accepted the appeal of First Lieutenant Yaseen Hatem, who had been charged with killing the activist, and ordered a retrial, reported Al-Ahram.

Yaseen’s defense lawyer, Farid Al-Deeb, had argued that the death occurred in “exceptional circumstances” and that if the policeman had intended to murder, then there would have been dozens of victims.

The defense lawyer also argued that the protesters did not have a permit to protest, and that the sudden demonstration ‘confused’ the policemen at the scene.

In June 2015, the 25-year-old policeman had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking action that resulted in the death of Al-Sabbagh. At the time, the verdict was considered ‘rare’ in a country where security personnel are often not held accountable for deaths during protests.

Al-Sabbagh, who was a member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, was killed while protesting in Downtown Cairo on January 24, one day ahead of the fourth anniversary of the January 2011 uprising.

The activist’s killing sparked wide condemnation by several Egyptian political parties and received worldwide attention.

Egypt's Transport Ministry Seeks EGP 90 Million Investment to Improve Railways
Sisi Hands Over Legislative Authority to Egypt's House of Representatives

Subscribe to our newsletter


News

More in News

Cairo Charity Hospital Catches Fire, Kills 3 and Injures 32

Mona Abdou2 February 2023

4 Egyptian Restaurants Make it to MENA’s Top 50

Mona Abdou1 February 2023

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO is Coming to Egypt for the First Time

Amina Abdel-Halim1 February 2023

NBE and Banque Misr Collect EGP 460 Billion From Recently Introduced Saving Certificates

Marina Makary31 January 2023

Blinken in Egypt: Discussing Stability, Cooperation, and Palestine

Egyptian Streets30 January 2023

Sisi Arrives in Armenia in First Ever Visit by an Egyptian President

Farah Rafik29 January 2023

Egypt Discovers ‘Oldest Mummy Ever Found’: Zahi Hawass

Egyptian Streets26 January 2023

Egypt’s Al-Sisi in India to Boost Strategic Partnerships and Investments

Farah Rafik25 January 2023