An Egyptian court acquitted on Sunday two Egyptian policemen of torturing and beating a lawyer to death inside a police station in Cairo in 2015, official MENA news agency reported.

Cairo Criminal Court has previously sentenced the two policemen of the National Security Agency to five years in jail over killing lawyer Karim Hamdi during his detention in a police station in Matariya neighborhood in Cairo in February 2015.


The two officers later appealed against the verdict and the Court of Cassation accepted their appeal and ordered their retrial.

The policemen were interrogating Hamdi and seeking his confession of crimes allegedly committed in favor of the currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.

The lawyer died in hospital shortly after his admission.

The police said in a statement that the lawyer had been involved in a terrorist cell working for the Brotherhood group, which had been outlawed by a court order two months after Morsi’s removal. Enditem


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