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Man falsely accused of Egypt church attack freed after turning himself in

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The Egyptian prosecution decided to release Ali Mahmoud Mohamed Hassan, one of the suspects the Egyptian Interior Ministry had accused of being involved in the bombing of the Church of St. Mark in Alexandria, and announced a financial reward for those who offer information about the suspects.

The prosecution released Hassan after he surrendered himself in and pledged his innocence, explaining that he had not left his hometown of Ras Ghareb in the Red Sea province during the previous months.

Eman Mahmoud, Hassan’s sister, told Al Arabiya that her brother did not leave the city of Ras Ghareb during the past few months, except for a few times to Cairo for an heart operation. She added that he has a small kiosk selling ice cream next to his house, and has nothing to do with any religious or political organizations.

She said her brother had learned of his alleged involvement in the bombing of the Alexandria Church from the television reports and immediately handed himself over to the prosecution with papers proving his innocence and whereabouts during the attack.

After the prosecutors checked the authenticity of the papers and investigated the matter, they confirmed that Hassan was not a suspect and released him.

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