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Egyptian Court Jails 2 Policemen in Death of Activist

Egyptian judicial sources say a court Wednesday sentenced two policemen to seven years in prison each for their role in the 2010 death of Egyptian democracy advocate Khalid Said.

Activists say the two officers beat Said to death in June 2010 after dragging him out of an Internet cafe in Alexandria. Police say he choked after swallowing a packet of drugs. Photos of the activist showed he was severely beaten.

His death sparked massive protests across the country. The Facebook page set up in his honor, "We are all Khalid Said" helped spark the uprising that toppled former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Egypt is scheduled to hold democratic parliamentary elections in late November. A presidential vote is planned after the parliament is seated, and could be held at the end of next year.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.