Khaled Saeed case postponed again

Ahram Online , Saturday 22 Jan 2011

Police torture case postponed for the sixth time to 26 February

The court looking into the case of Khaled Saeed, allegedly tortured to death in police custody, has postponed for the sixth time to 26 February the trial of the two policemen accused of killing the 28-year-old.

The court's decision to postpone came in response to a demand made by the defendants after it heard the testimonies of Saeed's family.

The lawyers of Saeed's family repeated their claim that the first and second forensic reports were invalid since neither of them met forensic regulations. Both reports had claimed that Saeed did not die under torture, but had overdosed on a piece of hash he swallowed. However, forensic reports submitted by the family said otherwise.

Meanwhile, the court was surrounded by six firefighting trucks as tension mounted on the Saeed case. Several demonstrations demanding punishment of the policemen have been organized since Saeed's death, with rights activists present outside the court today.

Police officers Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismael Soliman are accused of beating to death 28-year old Saeed. They deny the charges.

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