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Court postpones verdict in killing of Egyptian activist

By the CNN Wire Staff
An Egyptian woman shouts slogans during a rally on the first anniversary of the death of Khaled Said on June 06.
An Egyptian woman shouts slogans during a rally on the first anniversary of the death of Khaled Said on June 06.
  • Judge rules that a medical committee must review autopsy report
  • Khaled Said's death sparked the first protests that eventually ousted Mubarak
  • Witnesses say police beat Said to death

(CNN) -- An Egyptian criminal court Thursday postponed issuing a verdict in the case of two policemen accused of killing an activist, whose death led to the first demonstrations that eventually ousted Hosni Mubarak, state-run MENA reported.

Judge Mousa al-Nahrawi ruled that a medical committee must review Khaled Said's autopsy report and pictures before the court reconvenes on September 24, when a possible verdict may be read, the news agency said.

Witnesses said two plainclothes police officers picked 28-year-old Said up last July at an Internet cafe and beat him to death.

Egyptian authorities said he died from asphyxiation after he swallowed a packet of drugs.

Shortly after Said's death, a Facebook group was established in his name and used to organize protests demanding an end to police brutality.

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