Egyptian riot police stand in Cairo in 2011
Egyptian riot police stand in Cairo in 2011. A Cairo court on Tuesday passed suspended one-year sentences on 11 policemen accused of killing protesters during the uprising that toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak, the official MENA news agency reported. © Mohammed Abed - AFP/File
Egyptian riot police stand in Cairo in 2011
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Last updated: March 20, 2012

Egypt police accused of killing get light sentence

A Cairo court on Tuesday passed suspended one-year sentences on 11 policemen accused of killing protesters during the uprising that toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak, the official MENA news agency reported.

Three other policemen were acquitted in the same case.

The officers were accused of killing 22 protesters and wounding 44 outside a police station in Cairo's Hadaeq al-Qobba neighbourhood during the revolt last year.

The court found them guilty of using live ammunition in violation of orders.

The sentence means the policemen will not face prison time, a decision likely to infuriate activists whose key demand is for those behind the deaths of some 900 protesters to be brought to justice.

Dozens more people have been killed since Mubarak was ousted and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took power.

Protesters have regularly taken to the streets to denounce the ruling military, accusing it of stifling dissent, stalling on reforms and of human rights violations.

Mubarak himself is on trial, along with his interior minister and six security chiefs, accused of involvement in the deaths of protesters during the uprising.

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