Egyptian court sentences 3 police to 7 years prison for torture death

An Egyptian court sentenced a police captain and two of his plainclothes informants to seven years in prison for torturing a man to death, court officials said Wednesday, in a sign of increasing government intolerance for police brutality. Three men, as well as another police man who received three years for his involvement, were sentenced by Mansoura criminal court late on Tuesday after a marathon hearing that lasted for more than 10 hours, resulting in a surprisingly unusual tough verdict. The defendants were found guilty of beating Nasr Abdullah, 38, a carpenter, to death in July in his village, Telbana, Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo resulting in angry demonstrations from villagers. The sentence comes only two weeks after two other police officers received three years in prison for sodomizing a minibus driver after his arrest, in a high-profile case that shed new light on the widespread police brutality in Egypt.