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The use of forensic medical evidence in cases of torture: The Khaled Said case

Dr. Mostafa Hussein gave a speech at a conference titled Forensic Evidence in The Fight Against Torture at the American University Washington College of Law. The two day conference organised by the IRCT and American University was held on February 15-16, 2012 concludes a three-year project that aims at strengthening the use of forensic medical expertise for litigation in the fight against torture.

Khaled Said case was presented in a session that discussed the importance of forensic reports in court cases.

Dr. Mostafa worked at the Nadim centre for 3 years. He participated recently in training forensic doctors in Egypt's medico-legal authority on the psychological consequences of torture.


Interior Ministry’s message to young peaceful protestors: “Yes, you are all Khaled Said”

Saturday’s events in Alexandria, Egypt are a worrying development consolidating the repressive approach adopted by the Ministry of Interior in dealing with peaceful protests. The Egyptian security used excessive force against peaceful protestors and youth activists who staged peaceful protests in Alexandria demanding the Ministry of Interior to end torture and other abuses and stop covering up for criminals and using false witnesses to enforce impunity.

Security forces physically assaulted a number of activists, among them Mohammed Tarek, who was beaten and dragged to a police truck where he was blindfolded and threatened with electroshocks. His personal belongings were confiscated and ultimately he was thrown on a deserted stretch of a highway. Some 30 activists were also arrested. They were beaten and stripped of their clothes in a degrading manner. After being held for nearly 12 hours, they were left barefooted and stranded in various unknown areas without their money, phones, and identification documents.

This assault on activists coincides with the trial of the two policemen who tortured and killed Khaled Said on 7 June 2010 at the entrance of a building next to an Internet cafe that Said frequented.

Arrests in Alexandria during the appeal of the trial of activist Hassan Mostafa

Twenty activists were violently arrested today from the Alexandria appeals court. According to our lawyer, they are currently held in Mansheya police station however the police denies.

They were taken violently and beaten, one sustained injury to his leg and was taken to hospital. The activists were peacefully protesting outside the court during the appeal of the trial of the activist Hassan Mostafa.

Hassan Mostafa received a 6 months jail sentence for fabricated charges of attacking a police officer. Hassan was one of the first activists who responded to the Khaled Said case and protested in front of the Sidi Gaber police station on the night of 11 June 2010 which was met with violence and arrests.

Expert evaluation of the forensic reports issued in the Khaled Mohamed Said Sobhi case

Assessment issued by Duarte Nuno Vieira, Chief Forensic Pathologist, Professor of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences, Head of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine of Portugal (see attached CV) and Jørgen L.Thomsen, ChiefForensic Pathologist, Professor of Forensic Medicine, Head of the Institute of Forensic Medicine of Odense (see attached CV), concerning the forensic reports dated 10th June 2010 and 27th June 2010, following the autopsies performed on Khaled Mohamed Said Sobhi on 7th and 16th June, 2010.

The opinion expressed is based upon the forensic reports indicated above (an English version was provided) and upon a set of seven photographs, of which two show Khaled Mohamed Said Sobhi alive (Photos 1 and 2 attached), 3 in the morgue from the first autopsy (Photos 3, 4 and 5 attached) and two from the second autopsy (Photos 6 and 7 attached).

Thus:

1) The report of the first autopsy, performed on 7th June 2010, reveals that it did not comply with the minimum international standards for forensic autopsies and that there were numerous significant deficiencies. For example, the description of the macroscopic anatomopathological findings observed is manifestly inadequate: basic data such as the weight and individual characteristics of the various organs are not given; there was no histological study (always essential) or complementary imaging tests (which would have been very relevant in this case to prove the absence of lesions), and the dissection technique used (as shown in the description of the opening incisions provided in the second autopsy) was inadequate for the situation (for example, the neck should never have been dissected using a single mentopubic incision), etc.

In reply to the ministry of interior: We shall not back down as long as you don't

On the 12th of June 2010 the department of media and public relations of the Egyptian ministry of interior issued a statement denying the content of the testimonies of eyewitnesses as well as reports by human rights organizations regarding the killing of Khaled Said in Alexandria, accusing those statement of inaccuracy, flagrant falsification, and crossing the line in dissemination of lies etc. the following is our reply:

The statement by the MOI refers to "certain elements and circles": We are not "elements" or "certain circles". We are human rights organizations which will not stop to monitor and expose each and every violation committed by the MOI, as well as its violation of rights, the law, the constitution and international conventions ratified by the Egyptian government to boast the international community, while it exercises all forms of humiliation and oppression against Egyptians, men and women, every day in each police station, security office, and detention center. Our names are known, our addresses are known and our statements are public.  

MOI refers to "two police staff from the investigation unit at sidi Gaber police station in Alexandria who, while observing the security situation on the 7th of the current month in one of the streets of Cleopatra district, saw the convict/ Khaled Mohamed Said Sobhi accompanied by one of his friends; and when they approached to arrest him…" Why did the police informers go to arrest Khaled. Did they have an arrest warrant. If it is true, as claimed by the MOI, that Khaled was wanted for two court sentences, why didn’t an official police force in uniform go to his house and arrest him from there, after showing the arrest warrant and the alleged court sentences?

The Egyptian Ministry of Interior: A criminal without limits - Minister of Interior must be impeached

Sunday, the 6th of June at 11.30 p.m., young Khaled Said, 28 years old, from Alexandria was in a internet café in the district of Cleopatra when a group of police informers entered the café and started inquiring about the internet users. When they reached Khaled they tried to search him. He refused and asked for the reason. We shall not address the flood of abuses that were thrown by the police, nor shall we go into the details of the search that resulted in the theft of Khaled's money, nor the details of the beating that followed inside and outside the café.. the only relevant details is that Khaled's life ended by the hands of the Sidi Gaber policemen.. for no reason, for no crime, with no rationale other than the ruthless, senseless brutality, thuggery and criminality of a regime served by a ministry of interior whose forces are systematically using torture, confident that they are above the law, accountable to no one.

Suffice it to say that Khaled Said entered the internet café a handsome young man and by the end of the day he was a lifeless body, brutally and monstrously killed by the trained criminals of the Egyptian ministry of Interior.

In the Kom el Dekka morgue in Alexnadira, where Khaled's body was taken the police initially refused to grant entrance to his brother and took him to the Sidi Gaber police station to tell him a false story of Kahled's substance abuse which eventually led to his death. However, the shattered skull, the dislocated jaw, the broken nose, the bruises, the injuries and the testimonies of dozens of witnesses all told a different story: that Khaled was killed by the hands of the men of the Egyptian ministry of interior, of the Egyptian regime. They basically beat him to death.

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