Khaled Said case adjourned to 1 October

Al-Sayed Gamaleddine, Saturday 31 Aug 2013

The retrial of policemen accused of torturing to death Khaled Said, a case that helped spark the January 2011 uprising, is postponed until October

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)

The Alexandria Criminal Court adjourned Saturday to 1 October the retrial of policemen accused of torturing to death 28-year-old Khaled Said in 2010.

The retrial, which began 1 June, comes after the two defendants, Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Soliman, filed an appeal in December arguing that particular witnesses were "dealt with lightly."

On 1 June, the court ordered the release of the defendants after being detained for 35 months, exceeding the detention cap of 18 months.

Last October, the policemen were given a seven-year jail sentence after being found guilty of illegal imprisonment and torture.

The family and supporters of Said were shocked at what they considered a light sentence.

The brutal murder of Khaled Said in summer 2010 in Alexandria is considered one of the sparks of the January 25 Revolution in Egypt.

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