Egypt Independent

‘Eye sniper’ sentenced to three years in prison



The Cairo Criminal Court  on Tuesday sentenced a police officer to three years in prison for shooting at protesters, intentionally targeting their eyes, during clashes between security and demonstrators near the Interior Ministry in November 2011.

In their pleadings, prosecutors had demanded the harshest penalty for officer Mahmoud Sobhy al-Shennawy, who is accused of targeting demonstrators' eyes during the encounters in Mohamed Mahmoud street, becoming famous as the "eye sniper."

The prosecutors, who submitted medical reports condemning the defendant for causing victims to lose their sight, said in their petition that the victims "did not commit any fault, but only went out to break their silence and claim [their] legitimate rights."

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm