[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday upheld a 10-year prison sentence for two police officers who were convicted for torturing activist Khaled Said to death in 2010. Eye witnesses provided evidence that the officers beat the 28-year-old outside of a cafe in Alexandria. Said’s killing is seen to be one of the triggering factors beginning the 2011 protest movement [JURIST report] that forced president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] to step down. Said’s sister expressed her anger in regards to the sentence [Reuters report], saying it was not long enough. Many activists and rights groups have continued to campaign online to gain support against police brutality and the government.
The Egyptian courts have been active in recently prosecuting members of the Muslim Brotherhood [official website]. Earlier this month an Egyptian court confirmed death sentences [JURIST report] for 183 supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The same week Amnesty International [advocacy website] reported that the Egyptian government is covering up the deaths [JURIST report] of more than two dozen people who died in protests on the anniversary of the 2011 uprisings. Last week security forces in Egypt arrested [JURIST report] 516 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood according to Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. Also in January an Egyptian court ordered the retrial [JURIST report] for 152 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced in a mass trial last year. Thirty-seven were sentenced to death, and 115 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for their roles in attacks against Egyptian Christians and their churches in August 2013.