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Khaled Saeid: Justice and dignity

By Philip Whitfield ALEXANDRIA: The scene of the crime is surprisingly unassuming. Hassan Messbah and his assistant Ahmed Nasr are calm, reflective and unwavering as third-party observers to the killing that took place in the SpaceNet Internet Café just over a year ago. We go through the motions that led to the death of Khaled Saeid. …

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Human rights, not rocket science

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: Last Monday was the first anniversary commemorating the brutal killing of 28-year-old Khaled Saeid in Alexandria. The photo of the young man whose badly disfigured face galvanized a critical mass of Egyptians against police brutality, transporting their virtual activism to the real world and who has yet to be avenged in …

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Hundreds mark anniversary of Khaled Saeid’s death in Alexandria, Cairo

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO/ALEXANDRIA: Hundreds protested in Alexandria Monday to commemorate the death of Khaled Saeid as well as outside the interior ministry headquarters in Cairo calling for an end to police brutality as well as sacking Interior Minister Mansour El-Essawy. The protests marked the first memorial of 28-year-Saeid allegedly killed by two undercover policemen who …

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Khaled Saeid trial adjourned until Nov. 27

By Sarah Carr ALEXANDRIA: The Alexandria Criminal Court heard witness testimony on Saturday as the trial of two policemen charged with beating Khaled Saeid to death continued. The trial was adjourned until Nov. 27 when questioning of witnesses will resume. A heavy security cordon of riot police and plain-clothed state security investigations officers surrounded the …

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Rights group condemns crackdown on Khaled Saeid vigil

By Marine Weitzmann CAIRO: The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information denounced in a statement the use of violence and “harassment” by Egyptian security forces against participants in a vigil held for Khaled Saeid in Alexandria on Friday. Saeid, 28, died in Alexandria on June 6 after being apprehended by two policeman, who are currently standing …

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Activist sentenced to 6 months for assaulting policeman

By Marine Weitzmann CAIRO: Al Manshiya Court sentenced activist Hassan Mustafa to six months in prison and LE 2,000 fine on Tuesday for charges of assaulting a policeman on July 15, Mustafa told Daily News Egypt. On July 10, Mustafa, a member of the National Association for Change and a former member of the Kefaya Movement …

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Did the marijuana wrap kill Khaled Saeid?

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: Just when I thought that there’s no more to be said about the autopsy reports on now iconic torture victim Khaled Saeid, which found that he asphyxiated on a marijuana wrap, more inquiries raise new questions about how the 28-year-old Alexandrian really died. In coordination with the Nadim Center for the …

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‘Deficiencies, inadequacies’ mark Khaled Saeid autopsy reports, say foreign experts

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: Postmortem examinations performed on the body of Khaled Saeid contained “numerous significant deficiencies,” an expert assessment of the reports has found. The assessment, published by the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence, says that the reports — which both found that 28-year-old Saied died as a result of …

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Khaled Saeid lawyers demand murder charges, trial adjourned to Sept. 25

By Sarah Carr ALEXANDRIA: The trial of two policemen implicated in the death of Khaled Saeid began Tuesday, amid heavy security presence. The case was adjourned to Sept. 25. Some 200 demonstrators gathered outside the Alexandria criminal court while inside access to the courtroom was limited to accredited members of the press, lawyers and relatives of …

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Trial of policemen charged in Khaled Saeid case begins

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: A trial begins Tuesday at the Alexandria Criminal Court of two policemen charged with offences in connection with the death of Khaled Saied. Thirty-three-year-old Awad Ismail Suleiman and 26-year-old Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud have been charged with illegal use of force, illegal arrest and torture of an individual arrested without legal grounds. Saied, …

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Witness in Khaled Saeid death assaulted, says center

By Sarah Carr and Heba Fahmy CAIRO: A witness in the case of the death of Khaled Saeid has been physically assaulted, the Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence said Wednesday. According to the center’s press statement, Tamer El-Sayyed Abdel-Meneim Mostafa was attacked by four people at 1 am on Tuesday in …

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50 demonstrate against police brutality at public prosecutor’s office

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: Protestors in Cairo demonstrated against police violence on Sunday, a week before the trial of two policemen accused of brutality begins. About 50 people gathered outside the public prosecutor’s office, where they were encircled by riot police. Holding up images of Khaled Saeid — the 28-year-old whose death on June 6 while …

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Witness intimidation continues in Khaled Saeid death case, say lawyers

By Ingy Hassieb and Sarah Carr CAIRO: El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence filed a complaint with the attorney general Saturday, demanding that the intimidation of witnesses in case of Khaled Saeid be stopped, lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Aziz said. Hatem Kassem, Saeid’s brother and also a lawyer representing the Saeid family, said …

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Trial of policemen implicated in Khaled Saeid’s death to start July 27

By Ingy Hassieb and Sarah Carr CAIRO: The trial of two policemen on charges relating to the death of Khaled Saeid will begin on July 27, 2010, a lawyer representing Saied’s family says. Lawyer Hatem Kassem, who is also Saeid’s brother, says that Awad Ismail Suleiman and Mahmoud Sabry Mahmoud will be tried in the Alexandria …

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Witnesses in Khaled Saeid case harassed by police, say family and lawyer

By By Ingy Hassieb and Sarah Carr CAIRO: Witnesses to the death of Khaled Saeid are being intimidated by the police, alleged a lawyer and members of Saeid’s family. Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, a lawyer with the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence says that the intimidation began 10 days ago but has intensified in …

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Former top forensic doctor criticizes handling of Khaled Saeid case

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: A former chief forensic doctor has criticized the investigation into the Khaled Saeid case, noting inaccuracies in the forensic report during a TV interview. Speaking on Modern satellite channel’s Mahattet Masr talk show, Fakhry Salah described the improper handling of some parts of the case. “Even if someone kills 100,000 people and …

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Egypt arrests eight Muslim Brotherhood members

By Reuters CAIRO: Egyptian security forces arrested eight members of the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday after searching their homes and confiscating their computers, CDs and books, a spokesman for the group said on Friday. The arrested members had launched an online campaign called “Amal Al Omah” (The Nation’s Hopes) (www.amlalommah.net/) calling on the prosecution of …

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2 officers remanded in custody in Khaled Saeid’s death

By Ingy Hassieb and Sarah Carr CAIRO: Two policemen were remanded for four days in custody on Wednesday in connection with the death of Khaled Saeid. According to the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence, 33-year-old Awad Ismail Suleiman and 26-year-old Mahmoud Sabry Mahmoud are being held on suspicion of having committed …

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Egypt summons EU envoys over death inquiry call

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign ministry summoned European Union ambassadors on Wednesday in protest at their call for an impartial inquiry into allegations that police brutally beat a man to death. The ambassadors were told that their call in a joint statement “represented — regardless of its contents — a clear violation of diplomatic norms …

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EU ‘concerned’ over Khaled Saeid’s death

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: European Union (EU) Heads of Mission to Egypt have expressed “concern” about the “circumstances of the death” of Khaled Saeid, who died in Alexandria on June 6. The statement, issued Sunday, comes five days after preliminary findings of a second autopsy performed on Saeid’s exhumed body were announced. The second autopsy upheld …

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HRW urges Egypt probe police in Khaled Saeid’s death

By Reem Abdellatif /AP CAIRO: A leading international human rights group on Thursday cast doubt on an Egyptian report about the death of an alleged victim of police brutality and urged authorities to further investigate the incident. The New York-based Human Rights Watch cited testimonies of witnesses who said they saw plainclothes officers beat a 28-year-old …

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Second autopsy report on Khaled Saeid upholds previous results

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: A preliminary report of the second autopsy performed on the body of alleged victim of police beating Khaled Saeid has upheld the findings of the original autopsy. Yasser El-Refai, head of the Alexandria appeals public prosecution office said during a press conference Wednesday that the autopsy performed by a three-man specialist forensic …

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Security violently breaks up protest against police brutality

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: Security bodies again used force to break up a protest against police brutality on Sunday, for the second time in a week. Protestors had planned to assemble in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, but at 5 pm policemen were stationed at metro underground exits and plain-clothed policemen were moving on people in the …

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Khaled Saeid’s uncle: ‘Ministry statements evidence of fabrication and lies’

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: The uncle of Khaled Saeid gave a press conference on Saturday in which he rejected the interior ministry’s allegations against Saeid, who eyewitnesses say was beaten to death by two policemen earlier this month. Both Ali Qassem and lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, a member of the legal team representing Saeid’s family say that …

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Egypt ‘victim of police brutality’ becomes protest symbol

By Jailan Zayan  / AFP CAIRO: A 28-year-old man reportedly beaten to death by police in Egypt’s northern city of Alexandria last week has become the latest symbol of police brutality among tech-savvy Egyptian activists. Posters of Khaled Saeid have been carried at demonstrations while Facebook groups dedicated to him have been created since he was …

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Death in Alexandria

By Rania Al Malky CAIRO: The iconic image of the disfigured face of Khaled Saeid will haunt you for a long time. So if you haven’t seen it already, think a hundred times before you do. In this newspaper, we unanimously agreed not to run the morgue photographs of the alleged victim of a police beating …

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Alexandria activist imprisoned after Khaled Saeid protest

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: An Alexandria activist has been imprisoned for protesting the alleged manslaughter of 28-year-old Khaled Saeid, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information Director Gamal Eid told Daily News Egypt Friday. Alexandria’s Manshia Court sentenced Hassan Moustafa Abdel-Fattah, a member of the April 6 Movement, to six months in prison during an urgent …

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Khaled Saeid’s body exhumed, new autopsy performed

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: The body of Khaled Saeid was exhumed and a new autopsy performed on Wednesday. Mostafa Hussein, a doctor at the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence, told Daily News Egypt that the autopsy was carried out at the site of burial and that it was attended by one …

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Prosecutor General approves Saeid’s family’s request for new autopsy

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: The body of a man allegedly killed by two policemen will be exhumed and a new autopsy carried out upon the approval of the Prosecutor General, the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence said Tuesday. Khaled Saeid was buried in Alexandria last Saturday amidst emotional scenes from the …

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US urges accountability in deadly Egyptian police beating

By AFP WASHINGTON: The United States expressed concern Monday over the death of a 28-year-old man reportedly beaten by police in the northern Egyptian port city of Alexandria. Washington also welcomed Cairo’s plan to launch an investigation. “We urge the Egyptian authorities to hold accountable whoever is responsible,” State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. …

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