World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Tuesday adjourned to December 2 the trial of two police officers accused of beating a young man to death in Alexandria in 2010 -- an incident partially credited with igniting the 2011 uprising that toppled longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
An Anadolu Agency correspondent reported that the defense team had asked to hear testimony from witnesses for the prosecution and from forensic pathologist Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, who conducted the autopsy on 28-year-old Khaled Said, who is widely seen as an icon of Egypt's 2011 revolution.
According to Mahmoud al-Khatib, member of the 6 April protest movement in Alexandria, several activists were arrested outside the courthouse after chanting slogans against the Interior Ministry, which controls Egypt's sprawling police apparatus.
Said was allegedly dragged out of an Alexandria cybercafé and beaten to death by two police officers in the coastal city's Sidi Gaber district on June 6, 2010.
Officials later claimed that Said had choked to death after swallowing a packet of drugs.
The two police officers accused of killing Said were later sentenced to seven years each in prison, but later managed to appeal the verdicts.Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2013, 17:22