Defendants in murder of Suez student sentenced to 15 years

Suez Criminal Court sentenced on Tuesday the three defendants accused of killing a student in Suez.

Judge Abdel Aziz Shaheen sentenced the defendants to 15 years imprisonment. They faced charges of premeditated murder in the case of engineering student Ahmed Hussein Eid.

The prosecution said when referring the defendants to trial that they formed an illegal group with the purpose of assaulting freedoms and personal rights through terroristic means, imposing extremist religious thoughts through force, thuggery and putting citizens’ lives in danger.

The defendants confessed to being Salafis who practiced “the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice” upon the encouragement of some Salafi sheikhs.

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.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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