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Khaled Said police brutality trial adjourned to 22 October amidst protests

The trial of police officers charged with torturing to death Alexandrian youth, Khaled Said, is adjourned to 22 October to give lawyers time to inspect new forensic evidence, meanwhile tens protest in front of the court

Ahram Online, Saturday 24 Sep 2011
Khaled Said
Khaled Said

Tens demonstrated on Saturday in front of the Alexandria court where the case against the police officers accused of brutally beating and killing 28-year-old Khaled Said was being held. The court adjourned the case to 22 October to give lawyers time to inspect the new forensic medical report.

Furthermore, the court decided to ban media coverage inside the courtroom, following the pattern of other major trials in Egypt in which the media has been prevented from covering the course of the trials.

Popular outrage was triggered across Egypt when morgue pictures of Said's disfigured face and accounts of his beating to death at police hands were circulated through social media sites after his death on 6 June, 2010. Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismael, the officers accused of beating and killing Khaled Said, worked in an Alexandria police station with a notorious reputation of detaining and torturing citizens.

Since his death a Facebook page under the name “We are all Khaled Said” was created and organised several peaceful protests against police brutality in Alexandria and Cairo. After the Tunisian revolution began, the administrators of the Khaled Said page made a call for a large-scale peaceful demonstration on 25 January, to coincide with national Police Day. This was originally conceived as a day to protest police brutality, but later erupted into a national-scale revolution that toppled the 30-year-old rule of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

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