Defendants in murder of Suez student referred to trial

Three defendants accused of murdering a student in Suez were referred to a criminal court on Wednesday by Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud.

The defendants will face charges of murder, establishing and running an organization in violation of the law, imposing extremist religious thoughts through force, violence, thuggery and putting citizens’ lives in danger.  

The prosecutor is now sending the case file to the Ismailia Court of Appeals, which will set the date for the trial.

Twenty-year-old engineering student Ahmed Hussein Eid died on 1 July in an Ismailia university hospital after being stabbed by three men while he was walking with his fiancée. According to the fiancée’s testimony as published in Al-Masry Al-Youm, the men had confronted Eid about walking alone with a girl before stabbing him in the groin and driving away on a motorcycle.

A group which calls itself the Authority for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Egypt declared responsibility for the act the next day on its Facebook page.

Edited translation from MENA

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