ACC issued utmost punishment in Khaled Said case: public law professor

CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court (ACC) issued the utmost punishment possible in the Khaled Said case, professor of public law at the International Arbitration Academy and head of the Cairo institute for legal studies Ahmed Mahran said on Tuesday that

The two policemen accused of killing Khaled Said were sentenced to 10 years in prison by ACC on Monday as a final sentence.

The court dealt with the case of khaled Said beaten to death and according to the trial, they issued that verdict, Mahran told Youm7 on Tuesday.

“We do not need any exceptional laws or legislative amendments to confront such crimes,” Mahran said and that the Egyptian penal code has enough articles to stop any violator, demanding the security authorities to respect law.

Said was killed in June 2010 by two policemen of the Sidi Gaber Police station, Mohamed Salah and Awad Ismail, who were both found guilty of manslaughter and initially sentenced to seven years in prison in October 2011.

The court rejected the civil lawsuit filed by the defendants after they challenged the first verdict.

The defendants’ lawyer demanded the court acquit his clients, citing lack of intent and absence of physical evidence that would imply police brutality.

Referring to the investigation with the defendants, the lawyer Mahmoud Bakri said that Said was wanted by police when the two policemen went to arrest him. “They (policemen) heard his friend Mohamed Radwan shouting at Said to throw out the hashish,” the lawyer said.

Bakri asked the court to amend the description in the case from “beaten to death” to “tortured to death.”

Forensic reports, which Bakri dismissed as incorrect, said that Said’s teeth had not been exposed to harm.

Originally published in Youm7.

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