EGYPT: CRIMINAL COURT HANDS DOWN FIRST DEATH SENTENCE IN REVOLUTION KILLINGS
May 23, 2011: A criminal court in Cairo sentenced to death a police officer for killing protesters, the first such penalty to be handed down following the revolution that ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian state TV reported.
The court sentenced Mohammed Mahmud Abdul Mun'em in absentia for killing 20 protesters and wounding 15 on January 28 -- one of the pivotal days of the revolution that saw hundreds of thousands take to the streets and Egyptian troops replace police who had been battling demonstrators.
The court found Mun'em had randomly fired at demonstrators, Nile TV said. Authorities have been unable to locate Mun'em, and it was not immediately known what evidence the court used to convict the police officer. (Sources: CNN, 23/05/2011)