Suez security officials said on Sunday that the suspects charged with allegedly killing a man walking his fiancé home last week were not affiliated to Islamist organisations and ‘unintentionally’ fatally wounded him.
The Suez Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Brigadier-General Sami Lotfi, told Attorney General Mohamed Abdel Sadek on Sunday that the three bearded men accused of killing Ahmed Hussein Eid frequently preached to Suez citizens, without any affiliation to religious groups or extremist organisations.
Lotfi also said the suspects were coincidentally passing by a street when they found the victim in an ‘indecent position’ with his fiancée.
The men attempted to give Eid advice, but the situation soon escalated into a fist-fight.
Eid was stabbed in the middle of the fight by one of the men, who allegedly told police the attack was not intentional. Eid later died in Suez University hospital on 1 July.
Following Eid’s death, rumors quickly spread that the engineering student’s death was at the hands of Islamists.
While a group on Facebook called the “Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” claimed responsibility for the killing, the news was officially denied by the Ministry of Interior.
The Gama’a Islamiya and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) both denied that the killing was caused by Islamists with any affiliations to their groups.