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Last updated: 17 february, 2011 - 14:31 GMT

Egypt: "We are all Khaled Said"

Egyptian Wael Ghonim, a Google marketing manager, hugs the mother of Khaled Said. Photo: AP Photo/Ahmed Ali

Egyptian Wael Ghonim, a Google marketing manager, hugs the mother of Khaled Said. Photo: AP Photo/Ahmed Ali

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"We are all Khaled Said," was a chant that rang around Cairo's Tahrir Square during Egypt's recent uprising.

Khaled Said was a young businessman who died in police custody in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, in June 2010.

Accusations of police brutality in Egypt are not uncommon, but Khaled's death caused a national and international outcry when a picture of his battered face was posted on the internet.

A Facebook page was set up in his name by Google executive Wael Ghonim, and Khaled's name and face became a rallying point for protesters.

However the circumstances of Khaled's death are in dispute.

Shortly before his death, Khaled had posted a video clip which purported to show police handling illegal drugs.

Witnesses say he was then dragged out of a cafe, and set upon.

The police deny he was beaten to death - they say he swallowed a packet of drugs and choked.

Two police officers have been charged with brutality and were put on trial last July, but the case has been postponed because of the recent unrest in the country.

When Outlook's Jo Fidgen spoke to Khaled's mother Laila Marzok, Laila was too distressed to talk about seeing her son's body at the morgue.

However a picture of Khaled was leaked on the internet which shows him covered in bruises, with a broken jaw and broken teeth.

The Facebook page, We Are All Khaled Said, attracted huge attention - tens of thousands of people joined the site, and his plight became a rallying point for Egyptians in the recent popular uprising.

Egyptian women hold up pictures of Khaled Said during a demonstration in Alexandria on 25 June 2010. Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

Egyptian women hold up pictures of Khaled Said during a demonstration in Alexandria on 25 June 2010. Photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

First broadcast 17 February, 2011

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