Egypt 'eye sniper' sentenced to 3 years
05 March 2013, 15:41
Cairo - An Egyptian police officer nicknamed the "eye
sniper" was on Tuesday sentenced to three years in prison for his
involvement in deadly clashes in Cairo in 2011.
Judge Makram Awad of the Cairo criminal court sentenced
Mahmud al-Shinnawi to three years for having targeted the eyes of demonstrators
during protests on Mohammed Mahmud street, near Cairo's Tahrir Square in
The prosecution described Shinnawi's acts as
"evil", underlining that the victims "had done nothing but break
their silence to demand their legitimate rights" during the protests.
Many protesters in Tahrir were seen in the days following
the protests with their eyes bandaged.
Mobile phone footage circulated on the Internet showed
Shinnawi aiming at protesters' eyes and another officer telling him, "In
his eye! Well done, sir."