Cairo- An Egyptian court ordered a compensation of one million pounds to the family of the late Egyptian youth Khaled Saeed, known as the icon of the January 2011 revolution.
The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights said that the third circuit of New Cairo’s total compensation issued its ruling today, Thursday, in Case No. 152 of 2018, which was filed by the center’s lawyer on behalf of two of Khaled Saeed’s brothers, to compensate them in the amount of one million Egyptian pounds (one dollar equals 15.71 pounds).
The Egyptian Center said that the issuance of this ruling amounts to bringing down the curtain on one of the most important cases in Egypt during the past two decades, which has attracted the attention of a large segment of Egyptian citizens and human rights, journalistic and legal institutions.
The center announced that its lawyer will appeal this ruling on appeal to increase the amount of compensation awarded, in proportion to the severity of the damage caused to Khaled Saeed’s family, according to his description.
Like the Tunisian young man, Mohamed Bouazizi, whose suicide by burning ignited the Tunisian revolution, the case of Khaled Said ignited the January revolution in Egypt, after he was tortured and killed by police in Alexandria, 6 months before the outbreak of the revolution.
Khaled died on June 6, 2010, after being tortured by a police secretary and police sergeant at the Sidi Gaber police station in Alexandria, andActivists and tweeters expressed solidarity with Khaled’s case and organized vigils to demand the punishment of the accused, while the Egyptian authorities responded at the time that Khaled Said died as a result of swallowing a roll of “banjo” drug when pursued by the police.
Activists launched a Facebook page on the social networking site “We are all Khaled Said”, which launched a call to demonstrate on Police Day on January 25, to demand the dismissal of the then Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly and an end to torture and police abuse, a call that developed later to demand the departure of the Mubarak regime.
But after the overthrow of the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011, the Public Prosecution referred the accused to the criminal trial, which – on October 26, 2011 – sentenced each of them to seven years in prison, and referred the civil case to the competent court, and the convict appealed They and the Public Prosecution Office to rule by way of cassation.
On December 20, 2012, the Court of Cassation decided to accept the appeal of the defendants and the Public Prosecution and to overturn the verdict, and to return the case to the Alexandria Criminal Court for a new ruling by another circuit, and the Court of Cassation decided on March 3, 2014 to punish each of the accused with 10 years imprisonment what was assigned to them.
The two defendants again appealed the verdict by way of cassation on April 26, 2014, and the Court of Cassation decided to reject the appeal on March 4, 2015.
In March 2018, two of Khaled Saeed’s brothers and his mother filed a lawsuit to demand that the defendants and the Minister of Interior, in their capacity as sympathizers, pay the sum of two million Egyptian pounds, in compensation for the material and moral damages they sustained as a result of what had befallen their legacies.
Source : Egyptian media + The island + Social Media