Alexandria court releases police officer accused of killing Sayed Belal

CAIRO: The Alexandria Criminal Court headed by judge Sayed Abdel Latif ordered Monday the release of Mohamed El-Sheimy, the police officer accused of torturing Sayed Belal to death.

Belal was arrested by State Security in 2011 and questioned about his suspected involvement in the New Year’s Day bomb attack on the Two Saints Church in Alexandria which left 23 people dead.

Sheimy was sentenced to 15 years in April 2013 on charges of torturing Belal to death during investigations into the attack.

The defendant was released after he completed the maximum time for provisional detention on condition he not leave his place of residence before notifying the court.

The court’s decision came after a ruling by the Cairo Appeals Court which approved an appeal filed by Sheimy’s lawyer Moustafa Ramadan against the 2013 court verdict sentencing the defendant to 15 years in prison.


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