Court case on Khaled Said police killing postponed, triggering protests

Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Feb 2011

Minister of justice, who postponed the case, accused of cohorting to avoid police prosecution in Khaled Said’s case, who died allegedly after a brutal beating by Egyptian policemen

Khaled Saeed

The lawyer prosecuting the case against the policemen accused of beating Khaled Said to death was informed early Saturday morning that the case has been postponed to 26 March. The decision to postpone was taken without the court session planned for 26 February being held.

Khaled Said was one of the poster faces for the 25 January Revolution in Egypt. A Facebook page was started after morgue pictures of his deformed face were published on the net. “We are all Khaled Said” was the motto of the protests that ensued. Thereafter, the same members of that Facebook group were the ones who called for the first demonstrations in Liberation Square in Cairo.

Tens of demonstrators are gathered on 26 February in front of the Alexandria court awaiting a decision on Khaled Said’s case. The decision to postpone the hearing has caused demonstrators in the courthouse to declare a sit-in.

Khaled Saeed’s uncle, Ali Kassem, accused Mamdouh Marei, minister of justice, of collaborating with state security to postpone the case to avoid prosecution of police officers.   

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

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