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Egypt convicts 4 police in deaths of Islamist prisoners

CAIRO--An Egyptian court convicted four police officers on Tuesday for the killings last summer of 37 Islamist detainees, most of them supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, and sentenced one of the officers to 10 years in prison.

The three other officers got suspended one-year terms in a misdemeanor court. All were convicted on manslaughter and negligence charges.

The lawyer and families of the victims denounced the sentences as too light, arguing that the policemen should have been tried for murder.

The verdict was the outcome in the only trial against officials accused in the killings of supporters of Egypt's ousted president.

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