ISMAILIA, Egypt - A police officer in Egypt's eastern city of Ismailia has been sentenced to eight years in jail for beating a man to death in custody and falsifying police records, judicial sources said on Tuesday.
Human rights groups say police brutality is widespread in Egypt and that there is a culture of impunity. Trials such as this are rare and when they do occur, sentences are usually appealed and subsequently reduced.
The court sentenced the officer to five years for "torture and beating leading to death" and three years for falsifying police records regarding the case. The verdict can be appealed.