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Demonstration planned in Egypt as court hears police torture case

Activists plan a demonstration to highlight the case of Khaled Saeed, allegedly tortured to death by police

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Jan 2011
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Egyptian activists called for a demonstration to take place Saturday morning in front of the Supreme Court in Cairo demanding punishment for those responsible for the death of Khaled Saeed, who was allegedly tortured to death in police custody in Alexandria.

The demonstration is planned to take place simultaneously with the sixth court hearing investigating the killing of Saeed.

Police officers Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismael Soliman are accused of killing 28-year old Saeed. They allege that Saeed did not die under torture, but that he overdosed on a piece of hash he swallowed.

Khaled Saeed’s case triggered popular outrage across the country when pictures of a visibly beaten Saeed circulated through social media sites after his death, on 6 June 2010.

Several demonstrations have been held already in Alexandria and Cairo demanding the prosecution of police officers responsible for Saeed’s death.

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