ALEXANDRIA: Two Egyptian policemen were sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday for torturing an activist to death in 2010.
The incident became one of the triggers for the uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Witnesses and rights groups said that 28-year-old Khaled Said died after police dragged him out of an Internet cafe in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and beat him to death.
Before he died, Said posted an Internet video purportedly showing two policemen sharing the spoils of a drug bust.
His death galvanized anger, in particular through the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said” that focused attention on the rights violations by the police that many said were commonplace at the time.
Government autopsies carried out before the 2011 uprising found that Said had choked on a plastic roll of drugs and his injuries were not the cause of his death.
The two policemen were sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011, but a court cancelled the ruling after an appeal and ordered a retrial. On Monday, they were sentenced to 10 years.