Alexandria Criminal Court delayed Khalid Said’s lawsuit to September 24, 2011

June 30th, 2011 by Editor

Alexandria Criminal Court has delayed the discussion on Khalid Said’s death lawsuit against two police informers to September 24, 2011. The verdict will be issued after reviewing the report prepared by the medical and technical committees that the court ordered to have them formed on June 30, 2011. The medical committee will be headed by the deputy of the senior forensic officer and the technical medical committee will include professors from three Egyptian universities to review the dissection reports in addition to appointing a professor from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University to examine the photographs.

In June 2010, while Khalid Said Mohamed, 28 years, was in one of the internet cafes in Cleopatra Area in Alexandria, two informers attacked him and Beat him severely. After Khalid died under torture, his family members filed the report no. 1545/2010 to the prosecutor general office. The lawsuit has been discussed in 9 court sessions and 18 witnesses gave their testimonies.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) expresses condolences and declares support and solidarity for Khalid Said’s family. Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, attorney at law, during the court session on January 21, 2011, called for following the International Covenant against Torture that mentions prevention of torturing people for having their confession, signed by the Egyptian government, which comply with article 151 of the Egyptian constitution. Dr. Rafat Nawar, attorney at law, refused claiming swallow drug materials as the reason of death and emphasized that the forensic report mentioning this claim is null and void. It is entirely unaccepted because it was issued by one of the fresh graduate doctors; according to the Egyptian codes, the forensic report should be filed by a doctor with 8 year-experience, at least. Mr. Abu Seada expressed satisfaction for the court decision of forming the specialized committees, responding the demand of the civil rights’ defending lawyers’ coalition.

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