Two pictures of El-Sayed Belal which circulated on social venues following his death. One of him visibly bruised and the other of him carrying his child. (Photo: Internet)
The Alexandria criminal court has adjourned to 19 May the case against five state security officers accused of torturing and killing El-Sayed Belal, a young Salafist who was held by police on suspicion of being involved in the New Year's bomb attack on the Two Saints Church on the eve of 2011.
Belal's corpse was found on 17 January, 2011 and it is believed he was tortured to death.
Eight days later Egypt's January 25 Revolution erupted.
Four of the officers who were charged and are facing criminal charges – Osama El-Keneisy, Ahmed Mostafa, Hossam El-Shennawy and Mahmoud Abdel-Alim – remain at large. The fifth, Mohamed El-Sheimy, was captured. The five men also face charges of sodomy after other suspects in the bombing case said they were sexually abused.