Five police officers referred to criminal court over killing of Salafist in Egypt

Hatem Maher, Wednesday 26 Oct 2011

Victim had been tortured to death after State Security seized him for questioning over the Two Saints Church blast on New Year's Eve

El-Sayed Belal
Two pictures of El-Sayed Belal which circulated on social venues following his death. One of him visibly tortured to death and the other of him carrying his child.

Five officers from the dissolved State Security have been referred to the Criminal Court for their alleged part in the torturing and killing of El-Sayed Belal, a young Salafist who was held by police on suspicion of being involved in the New Year's Eve bomb attack on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria.

Belal's corpse was found on 17 January, he is believed to have been tortured to death. Eight days later the January 25 revolution erupted, leading to the dissolution of the notorious State Security.

Four of the officers who were referred to the court – Osama El-Keneisy, Ahmed Mostafa, Hossam El-Shennawy and Mahmoud Abdel-Alim – remain at large.

The fifth, Mohamed El-Sheimy, was captured in the wake of the incident which evoked memories of Khaled Said’s death last year.

The five men also face charges of sodomy after other suspects said they were sexually abused.

The two policemen who beat Said to death were sentenced to seven years in prison earlier on Wednesday for manslaughter.

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