Egypt court overturns police death sentence

March 7, 2012 - 4:56 PM

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has overturned a death sentence against the only police officer convicted of killing protesters during 18-day uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year.

The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday acquitted policeman Mohammed Abdel-Moneim, who was sentenced to death for shooting 20 protesters on Jan. 28 last year in front of a Cairo police station.

The court did not give reasons for its ruling.

Jan. 28, called the Friday of Rage, witnessed a heavy police crackdown on tens of thousands of protesters.

Abdel-Moneim was the only police officer who was tried for killing protesters in more than a dozen of court cases over the deaths of at least 846 people.

Protesters have called for police who killed unarmed protesters to be brought to justice.