Four officers convicted of murdering Sayed Bilal

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Jun 2012

Court convicts police officers for murder of Salafist during investigations into Two Saints Church bombing on New Year's Eve 2010

Sayed Bilal
Sayed Bilal, a 31-year-old Salafist from Alexandria

The Alexandria Criminal Court has sentenced four police officers to life imprisonment for the murder of Sayed Bilal, a Salafist, in January 2011.

The murder took place when Bilal was arrested on 4 January 2011 during investigations by the State Security Investigations Service (SSIS) into the New Year’s Eve bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria.

Bilal, a 31-year-old Salafist from Alexandria, was tortured to death while being interrogated.

The four officers, Hossam El-Shenawy, Osama El-Kenisy, Ahmed Mustafa Kamel and Mahmoud Abel-Aleem Mahmoud, were convicted in absentia because their whereabouts is unknown. A fifth suspect, officer Abdel Rahman El-Sheimy, was sentenced to 15 years.

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