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Egypt court orders retrial of officer jailed for Sayed Belal killing

An Alexandria cassation court accepts the appeal of the state security officer convicted of torturing Sayed Belal to death in January 2011

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 May 2015
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Poster reads: "Justice for Sayed Belal" during first year memorial over his torture, January 2012 (Photo: Randa Ali)
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An Alexandria court of cassation accepted the appeal of a state security officer convicted of torturing Sayed Belal to death and ordered a retrial.

State security officer, Osama El-Keneisy, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for torturing Sayed Belal to death during investigations into a bomb attack at the Two Saints Church in Alexandria in early January 2011.

Signs of torture were found on the victim's body, prompting his family to file a lawsuit against the state security officer. 

El-Keneisy was a former officer in the now-disbanded State Security Investigations Service (SSIS).

Murals and posters of Belal, depicting him as a victim of police brutality, were common at the beginning of the 2011 revolution, which erupted in the same month.

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