The men accused of allegedly killing a young man in Suez as he walked his fiancée home have been arrested, the Minister of Interior said on Thursday.
Mohamed Ibrahim, the interior minister, said in a statement as he attended the opening of a new traffic control room at the police directorate in Alexandria, the Suez police directorate, in coordination with the General Security Division, had arrested and interrogated three men who confessed to committing the crime.
Police said the suspects claimed to have found the man, Ahmed Hussein Eid, in an “inappropriate situation” with a girl and that they “offered advice” but that the man responded by hitting one of them.
Eid, 20, who studied engineering, was reportedly walking his fiancée home when the men stopped the couple. An altercation ensued, which left the young man dead.
Soon after the incident was reported, a Facebook page called “The promotion of virtue and prevention of vice authority” claimed responsibility for his death.
It said members of the group killed Hussein because he failed to produce a reason as to why he was alone in the street with a woman he is either related or married to.
Several Islamist groups publicly denied having any connection to the incident, including the Gama’a Islamiya and the Muslim Brotherhood.
There were scattered reports of “bearded men” roaming the streets and telling women to cover up within a few hours of Morsy’s victory, including one case in which a woman was hurt when a rock hit her. She reported to a doctor in Cairo that the men told her, “in Morsy’s Egypt, you won’t be able anymore to dress like that” according to the doctor speaking to Daily News Egypt.
However, few other reports of similar incidents were verifiable.
Members of the Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, have claimed attacks such as this were plots by members of the former regime to tarnish the public image of Islamists following the presidential victory of Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsy.