Court accepts reparations lawsuit filed by police brutality victim Khaled Said's family

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Jun 2015

The family of Egypt's most known police brutality victim demand LE5 bn from the interior ministry

An activist carries a picture of slain Khaled Said
File photo: An activist carries a picture of slain Khaled Said with Arabic that reads "Why was Khaled killed?" during a protest following a press conference for the family at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in Cairo, Egypt - 2010 (Photo: AP)

Egypt's prosecution has referred to court a lawsuit filed by the family of Egypt's most famous police brutality victim Khaled Said demanding reparations amounting to LE 5 billion from Egypt's interior ministry.

The Alexandria Criminal Court has set 3 June for the trial's first session.

The family's lawyer Mahmoud Afifi told the Ahram Arabic news website that the lawsuit aimed to bring the case back into the public sphere, assuring that any money won in the case would be donated.

Said was murdered by policemen who beat him to death in 2010, an incident widely considered to be a catalyst to Egypt's 2011 revolution. The case of 28-year-old Khaled Said ignited public anger and became a rallying cry against Mubarak, as photographs of his disfigured face circulated online.

Police brutality was one of the main grievances demonstrators held against the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

In a rare indictment of its kind, two policemen were convicted of beating Said to death and were handed a 10-year sentence which was upheld by Egypt's highest appeal court this March.

Said was reportedly targeted after he posted an internet video footage ostensibly showing policemen sharing the spoils of a drug bust.

A Facebook page set up in his memory -- "We are all Khaled Said"-- focused on human rights abuses by police, spearheading calls, along with other groupings, for protests during the 18-day uprising in 2011.

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