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Five years for Egyptian officer after death of 37 detainees

Detainees died after teargas was fired into the back of the police vehicle transporting them.

Picture: SAPS

EGYPT - A senior Egyptian police officer has been jailed for five years over the deaths of 76 detainees in August 2013.

Three of his colleagues were given one-year suspended sentences.

The ruling of the retrial confirms the sentences handed down at the initial hearing last year and subsequently overturned on appeal.

The deputy chief of Heliopolis police station Lieutenant Colonel Amr Farouk was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and extreme negligence.

The case involved detainees who asphyxiated when teargas was fired into the back of an overcrowded police vehicle transporting them.

The incident happened after protests following the military-led overthrow of President Mohamed Moursi.

Days earlier, more than 1,000 people were killed when security forces cleared two sit-ins of Moursi supporters in Cairo.