hospital in Cairo.
Essam Atta was sentenced to two years in jail by military court on 25 February for a common crime. He was awaiting a revision of his verdict. According to his cellmates, prison officials attempted to
punish him for apparently smuggling a mobile SIM card into the ward. Prison officers reportedly pushed hoses into Ali's mouth and anus, which led to bleeding. An officer from Torah prison
dropped Ali yesterday in a critical condition at the hospital. Attending
physicians immediately noticed liquid secretions emitted from Ali's
mouth and suspected foul play.
Activists and supporters of Ali's family wasted no time and
set a facebook page to demand justice for the 24 year old man they
called Egypt's latest martyr."We are all Khaled Said", one of Egypt's most popular facebook pages,
and one that played a key role in organising for the uprising against
ousted president Mubarak, called on doctors at the hospital to come
forward and tell the pblic what they saw as they examined Essam Ali Atta
News of Ali's death at the hands of the police comes only hours after
judges in Alexandria sentenced two police sergeants to 7 years in prison
for their role in the murder of 28 year old Khaled Said. Many in Egypt consider this too lenient a punishment.