New autopsy confirms Egyptian police did not kill blogger: report

08:52, June 24, 2010      

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A new autopsy confirmed that an Egyptian blogger said to be beaten to death by policemen had in fact died of asphyxia, Egypt's Nile News TV reported Wednesday.

According to the report, Khaled Mohamed Said, 28, was asphyxiated after swallowing a small packet containing narcotic substance.

Meanwhile, the autopsy report pointed to the existence of bruises and injuries in the corpse which, it said, might be a result of beating or collision with a solid body and cannot be the cause of death.

Egypt's public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud ordered last week the new autopsy on Said to detect reasons that led to his death after early forensic report which brought the same results.

Rights groups said the young blogger was beaten to death by two policemen for spreading a video showing policemen dividing the spoils, which was denied by the police.

Last week, Amnesty International called for an immediate, full and independent investigation into what it described as the brutal killing of Said.

Source: Xinhua


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