Police Officer given another chance as Egypt Appeals Court Sided with him over Killing of Activist
Feb 15, 2016 04:17 AM EST
Police officer Yassin Hatem Salah Eddin was convicted of killing female protester during a protest last year January. This year, during the trial in Egypt's highest Appeals Court, the decision was overturned. Though everything was caught on video and photos, the police officer is now free.
Cassation Court Judge Taha Qassim ordered before the trial ended that the police officer will be put to another trial. The Guardian reported that police officer Yassin Hatem Salah Eddin was convicted June last year. He was sentenced for 15 years in prison for intentional manslaughter. He was 25 years old at the time he killed female activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh.
According to Yahoo News, the discontinued sentence of many police officers was one of the reasons why the court decided that way. During a protest in 2011, protesters rallied to oust autocrat Hosni Mubarak out of his office. The 18-day protest became a bloodbath as several police officers killed nearly 900 protesters. Dozens of police officers who stood at trial were all forgiven.
Voa News stated that while Shaimaa el-Sabbagh was putting wreaths to commemorate the death of the 900 protesters who died during the gruesome 2011 protest, she was shot by a police birdshot. She then was left to bleed and die as police officers did not allow other activists to give her help. The witnesses said the police officers did not also allow someone to call an ambulance.
Authorities denied everything the activists said according to them, the shot that killed Shaimaa el-Sabbagh was different from what they are using. The police argued that it wasn't them but an unknown person who shot Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. What happened to Shaimaa el-Sabbagh, a female protester and a mother, awake the Egyptians heart. Many Egyptians, local rights activists together with some international ones are saying police brutality happened during the incident.