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Outcome of police trial in Egypt angers activists

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: In a verdict that disappointed pro-democracy activists, two policemen who beat a man to death have been convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter and given a relatively light sentence in a case that helped spark Egypt’s uprising. Relatives of defendants Mahmoud Salah and Awad Ismail Suleiman were still outraged …

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Khaled Saeid killers get 7 years, lawyers outraged

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court sentenced Wednesday two police informants tried in the case of Khaled Saeid to seven years in a maximum security prison, eliciting shocked reactions from lawyers and activists. “The two were charged with wrongful arrest and torture for which the highest sentence is 15 years in a maximum …

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Khaled Saeid didn’t choke on drugs, says forensic report

By Agencies ALEXANDRIA: An Egyptian activist, whose death last year contributed to the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, died from asphyxiation caused by a roll forced into his mouth while he was unconscious, the state news agency MENA reported on Saturday. A criminal court trying two policemen accused of killing the activist, Khaled Saeid, …

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Forensic committee to examine Khaled Saeid case takes oath

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: A new committee of forensic experts assigned to re-examine the case of 28-year-old Khaled Saeid took the oath before the Alexandria Criminal Court during a procedural hearing on Sunday. “This is the usual legal procedure; the court asks the expert committee to take the oath before they examine the evidence and …

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Court forms committees to re-examine Khaled Saeid’s case

By Marwa Al-A’asar ALEXANDRIA/CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court on Thursday adjourned to Sept. 24 the trial of two policemen implicated in the death of 28-year-old Khaled Saeid, forming three specialized committees to re-examine the evidence. During the hearing held Thursday, the court ordered the formation of a three-member medical committee, led by the deputy coroner, …

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Court verdict in Khaled Saeid case slated for June 30

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court will announce on June 30 the verdict on the controversial case of 28-year-old Khalid Saeid who was allegedly beaten to death by two undercover policemen last June. In a hearing on Saturday, the legal team representing Saeid’s family reiterated a previous demand to prosecute the defendants on …

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Khaled Saeid trial adjourned amid courtroom chaos

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: On Saturday the trial of two policemen implicated in the death of Khaled Saeid was adjourned to Jan. 22 by the Alexandria Criminal Court amid courtroom chaos that was marred by a war of words between the families of Saied and the defendants. Eye witnesses said the two policemen beat Saeid to …

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YEAREND SPECIAL: Human rights see major setbacks and rare victories in 2010

By Sarah Carr The death in June of Khaled Saeid might have been just another incident of Egyptian police brutality had it not been for the graphic posthumous photograph of his badly disfigured skull. This image, together with a picture of the smiling 28-year-old man before his death, galvanized public outrage against Saied’s death. Saeid’s image …

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Khaled Saeid police brutality trial adjourned to Dec. 25

By Heba Afify CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court adjourned on Saturday the trial of two policemen from Sidi Gaber station accused of beating Khaled Saeid to death until Dec. 25, citing the absence of some members of the court’s board.Bahey-Eldin Hassan, head of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, told Daily News Egypt that there …

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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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Khaled Saeid trial resumes amidst allegations of security intimidation

By Sarah Carr ALEXANDRIA: The trial of two policemen implicated in the death of Khaled Saeid continued Saturday, amidst allegations that security bodies are undermining court proceedings. A tight security cordon of riot police and plain-clothed officers entirely sealed off the entrance to the courthouse. Members of the media attempting to enter were told that they …

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Lawyers demand Khaled Saeid trial be heard in emergency court

  CAIRO: A group of independent lawyers have filed a case with the Administrative Court demanding that two policemen implicated in the death of Khaled Saeid be tried in an Emergency State Security Court, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Wednesday. The trial of Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Suleiman accused of misuse of force against Saeid began …

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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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Policemen may face one year sentence or small fine in Khaled Saeid case

By Sarah Carr CAIRO: The Alexandria appeals prosecution office has sent two policemen to trial on charges related to the death of Khaled Saeid. Thirty-three-year-old Awad Ismail Suleiman and 26-year-old Mahmoud Sabry Mahmoud will face charges of misuse of force by a government official, illegal arrest and torture of an individual without legal grounds. Misuse of …

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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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HRW slams Egypt for beating protesters

By AFP CAIRO: Human Rights Watch has criticized Egyptian police for beating and arresting protesters at several peaceful rallies this month, saying the treatment amounted to “extrajudicial punishment.” “Egyptian authorities should stop beating and arbitrarily arresting peaceful demonstrators and investigate those responsible,” said Human Rights Watch deputy Middle East director Joe Stork in a statement …

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Saeid’s family denies allegations of dishonorable discharge for drug possession

By Sarah Carr and Ingy Hassieb CAIRO: The family of Khaled Saeid has denied allegations that he was dishonorably discharged from the army after he was discovered in possession of marijuana. The state news agency reported Tuesday that investigations carried out by the Alexandria appeals prosecution office have revealed that the 28 year-old was both allegedly …

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Hundreds protest against torture in Alexandria

By Mohamed Effat CAIRO: Amid heavy security presence, some 1,000 protestors and political figures took part in a protest against torture and police brutality in Alexandria on Friday. The protest began before Friday prayers had ended in the Sidi Gaber Mosque. Devotees began chanting while the Imam was still delivering the sermon. Once prayers had ended …

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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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