EOHR calls for heavier punishment for the murderers of Khalid Said

October 26th, 2011 by Editor

On October 26, 2011, Alexandria Criminal Court, Circle 14, issued a 7-year sentence against the murderers of Khalid Said, 28 years old. The two police informers were charged with torturing Khalid until death in Sidi Gaber Police Station. Khalid was taken from an internet café in Alexandria. In the police station, the informers tortured him cruelly and dragged him on the stairs until death, and then his family submitted the official statement no. 1545, year 2010, on the incident to the prosecutor general office.

Alexandria Criminal Court discussed the lawsuit during 10 court sessions, in which the court heard statements of 18 witnesses in addition to the appeal of the civil rights’ lawyers and the defense lawyers of the accused informers. Following the court sentence, the supporters of the murderers attacked the victim’s lawyers.

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.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada denounces the attack of the supporters of the murderers confirming that such an occurrence threatens the safety of the lawyers while doing their jobs.

The verdict has been 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 had been headed by the deputy of the Egyptian 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.

EOHR calls the prosecutor general to use his legal power in order to appeal against the non-suitable sentence. The description of the crime should be torturing until death, article 126 of the Egyptian criminal code, instead of the beating until death crime, mentioned in the court verdict. In the shadow of the latest issued technical and forensic reports, a serious punishment must have been given to the murderers. The new reports comply with the definition of torture, according to International Convention against Torture, which was mentioned in Mr. Hafez’s appeal, during the court session on January 21, 2011.

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