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

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-Shennawyand 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.