Egyptian court postpones blogger death case

16:53, July 28, 2010      

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An Alexandria criminal court on Tuesday adjourned until Sept. 25 the case of the two Egyptian policemen accused of torturing a young Egyptian blogger.

The court postponed the case in order to hear from the witnesses, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

The policemen denied the charge, saying the 28-year-old Khaled Mohamed Said died after swallowing a package of drugs while policemen were trying to arrest him in June.

On July 3, Egypt's public prosecutor referred Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud and Awad Ismail Suleiman to a criminal court over unwarranted arrest of Said and torturing him.

Investigations showed that the two policemen dragged Said outside 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.

Source: Xinhua


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