Alexandria Criminal Court has sentenced the two brothers Nasser and Ali Al-Sambo who in December 2020 killed the Copt Ramsis Boulos Hermina, 47, to life in prison—in Egypt this means 25 years in prison.
The crime occurred in the district of Wardayan, Alexandria, on 10 December 2020. Ramsis Hermina was then in his shop where he sells plastics and household goods when he was attacked by the well known local thug Nasser al-Sambo. Sambo and his two brothers Ali and Anwar were famous for their religious fanaticism and hatred of Christians, and had always harassed local Copts, especially the shop owners on the street where they live, with whom they had frequent disputes. Sambo had served time in prison on thuggery and law breaking charges. Once out of prison he escalated his harassment of Copts, claiming they had testified against him and thus secured his prison sentence.
On the morning of 10 December, the mother of the Sambos, who was in poor health, died. A few hours later, Nasser Sambo and one of his brothers left their home in a fit of rage, and headed to the Copts’ shops armed with knives, a sword, and clubs, shouting obscenities and abuse against Christians, and accusing them of being the cause of the mother’s death. Mr Hermina, who was then in his shop, heard the commotion and sensed there would be trouble so proceeded to take in goods that he usually places outside his shop to display to passers-by. But the Sambo brothers were too quick for him; they caught him, Ali Sambo held him tight for Nasser to stab him in the right abdomen and neck. Mr Hermina fell just as as his brother Adel, 60, who owns a shop next to his, and another Coptic neighbour shop owner, Tareq Fawzy Shenouda, rushed to the rescue. Adel Hermina was stabbed in his left side, while Mr Shenouda was hit on the head with a club and stabbed close to the heart. The Sambos ruined all three shops and the goods in them.
The police was called and the three Copts rushed to hospital. Ramsis Hermina breathed his last, Adel Hermina was treated and discharged from hospital two days later, and Mr Shenouda underwent surgery and was moved to intensive care.
The Sambos were caught and brought to trial.
On her Facebook page, Mr Hermina’s sister Amal expressed relief at the court ruling, saying that justice had taken place.
11 October 2021