Egypt sentences policeman to die for protest deaths

Protesters were killed during demonstrations against president Hosni Mubarak.

Cairo: An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a police officer to death in absentia on Sunday for killing protesters during demonstrations that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, a judicial source said on Sunday.

The source said Mohamed Ibrahim Abdel-Monem was convicted of killing 20 protesters on Jan 28, one of the most violent days of the 18-day uprising that unseated Mubarak on Feb 11. The court referred the case to the Grand Mufti, Egypt`s religious authority who must approve all death sentences.

The sentence against Abdel-Monem, who has evaded capture, is scheduled to be confirmed on June 26 after the Mufti`s approval.

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Boston: Federal immigration officials say a Pakistani man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into last year`s failed New York Times Square car bombing has been deported to Pakistan.

Aftab Ali Khan, who was from Watertown, was accompanied by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a flight from Logan International Airport to Islamabad on Sunday. Khan, his uncle and a man in Maine were arrested on immigration violations nearly two weeks after the failed bombing attempt on May 01, 2010.

Khan pleaded guilty to immigration and illegal money-transfer charges. He did not face terrorism-related charges.

Federal authorities say Khan unwittingly supplied USD 4,900 to Faisal Shahzad, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who was convicted in the attempted bombing.

Khan came to the US in August 2009 on a 90-day visa to get married.

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