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London police releases three on bail in Egyptian’s arson killing

Sherif Mikhail was found badly burnt inside a car that had been gutted in a blaze in a garage in Southall, London last week

Shounaz Meky

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Three men arrested in connection with the death of an Egyptian-British national in a fatal fire last week have been released on bail, London police said in a statement.

In a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police it was confirmed on Thursday that the men - aged 30, 35 and 40 years-old - were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson.

They were taken into custody at a west London police station where they were later bailed to return on a date in early September, pending further enquiries.

Sherif Adel Habib Mikhail was found badly burnt inside a car that had been gutted in a blaze in a garage in Southall, London, early Monday. He had recently graduated with a mechanical engineering degree at London’s Greenwich University, and held dual British and Egyptian citizenship

The police gave the initial cause of Mikhail’s death “as severe burns” and said it is still treating his killing as “unexplained”.

Four people were arrested last week in connection with the case but have all since been released on bail.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman on Sunday refused to comment to Al Arabiya English on whether the victim has been known to those arrested.

The police also declined to comment on whether the investigation would become a murder inquiry.

News of Mikhail’s death was described as shocking by his family and his case appeared on the front pages of many Egyptian newspapers.

Many Egyptians expressed their anger at what they described as the international community’s lack of interest in Mikhail’s death in London, compared to how it responded to the murder of Italian student Julio Regeni.

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