On the first anniversary of the notorious death of Khaled Said, presidential hopeful Amr Moussa reiterated the importance of ending torture practices and respecting human rights, while Mohamed ElBaradei, another presidential candidate, lauded the most famous police brutality victim in Egypt.
Outgoing Arab League Secretary-General Moussa stressed that he fully admires the “martyrs who lost their lives defending the nation’s dignity and their people’s pride.”
ElBaradei, former director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), hailed Said as a hero. “Post-revolution Egypt owes you Khaled,” he said on his Twitter account.
Said’s demise on 6 June 2010 was the result of a vicious attack by two robust policemen who beat him to death at the entrance of a residential building in front of several pedestrians. He was 28.
The incident caused widespread anger and led young people to organise themselves on Facebook to stage peaceful protests. These protests had even had an impact on the 25 January Revolution.
The trial of the two policemen is still underway.
Under former minister of interior Habib El-Adly, the ministry routinely covered up torture practiced by the police and security forces. Many people believe the same inhuman practices are still common to this day.