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Egyptian police officers guilty of killing

Two police officers have been convicted of killing a young Egyptian man whose death inspired the country's uprising, the victim's lawyer has said.

The two men were found guilty of beating Khaled Said to death and sentenced to seven years in jail, Hafiz Abu-Saada said. The court convicted the men of manslaughter yesterday, rejecting the charge of murder.

The two men were found guilty of beating Khaled Said to death and sentenced to seven years in prison, Hafiz Abu-Saada said.

He said the court convicted them of manslaughter today, rejecting the more serious charge of murder.

Mr Said's family and witnesses accuse police of torturing and beating him to death after an argument at an Alexandria internet cafe in June 2010.

Photos showed his body badly disfigured and his face bloodied.

Police claimed the 28-year-old choked on a packet of drugs he swallowed as they approached, a finding contested in recent forensic reports that showed the packet was forced into his mouth.

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