originally by: DW News
published: 18 March 2014
An Egyptian court has convicted four policemen over the deaths of 37 Islamists while in police custody. The incident occurred during a crackdown on supporters of toppled President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.
The court in the capital, Cairo, sentenced Lieutenant Colonel Amr Farouk to 10 years in jail with labor after convicting him of involuntary manslaughter and extreme negligence in connection with the August 2013 incident.
Three other police officers were handed suspended sentences for their involvement in the events that led to the death of the 37 prisoners, while being transported to prison.
A judicial source to the AFP news agency the judges had agreed with the prosecution’s argument, that all four of the convicted me had acted recklessly during the operation, which led to the prisoners’ deaths.
All 37 died after tear gas was fired into the police van that was carrying them last August 18.