EU ambassadors in Cairo to convene over blogger's death

07:58, July 14, 2010      

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The European ambassadors in Cairo will convene on Thursday to discuss progress of investigations into the case of an Egyptian blogger who was allegedly beaten to death by two policemen.

The meeting aims to assess legal procedures adopted by the Egyptian government to conduct impartial inquiry into the death of the young blogger, local independent daily ElShorouk said Tuesday.

On July 3, Egypt's public prosecutor referred two policemen, Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman, to the criminal court over unwarranted arrest of Khaled Mohamed Said, 28, and torturing him. Five days later, the court set July 27 for the trial of the two policemen.

Investigations showed the two agents dragged Said out of an internet cafe in early June and beat him fiercely before he died of asphyxia after swallowing a package of bhang narcotic during the arrest.

According to the results of a second autopsy, injuries found in Said's body are not the cause of his death.

Rightist groups and Said's family say the young man was beaten to death by the two policemen in revenge for spreading a video showing policemen dividing the spoils of a drug bust among themselves, denying he died of asphyxia.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry summoned EU ambassadors late in June to protest against a joint statement in which they called for an impartial inquiry into the death of Said.

The ministry dubbed the statement as "clear violation of diplomatic norms and unacceptable interference by accredited foreign embassies in Egypt's internal affairs."

Source: Xinhua


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