Final autopsy confirms Egyptian blogger's death of asphyxia

08:37, July 01, 2010      

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The final results of a second autopsy on the Egyptian blogger said to be beaten to death by police confirmed on Wednesday that the man died of asphyxia.

Head of Egypt's Forensic Medicine Authority Dr. El-Sebai Ahmed el-Sebai said the second autopsy on Khaled Mohamed Said confirmed that the 28-year-old blogger died of asphyxia after swallowing a packet containing bhang narcotic, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The plastic packet blocked the man's trachea, the senior medical examiner said, ruling out the possibility that another person had inserted the packet into his respiratory duct by force.

Meanwhile, the report said there were no traces of violence in the jaw and mouth area and that bruises in the face might be a result of beating or collision with a solid body and cannot be the cause of death.

Reports including pictures showing Said's face full of bruises sparked anger among people and local rights groups, leading to several protests and demonstrations nationwide.

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.

Source: Xinhua


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