Suspects in Siemens executive’s murder to face trial

South Giza Prosecution has referred three suspects accused of killing Hany Loka, the former Siemens AG Egypt president, to criminal court on charges of premeditated murder and theft.

If convicted, the suspects could face the death penalty, particularly because the murder was accompanied by other crimes — theft and mutilation of the victim, a judicial source told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The suspects are accused of stabbing the victim three times to death, and stealing US$1,600 and a number of his credit cards. They then allegedly left the body in the apartment, and two of them returned later to burn the victim’s clothes and some of his documents on a grill on the balcony.

According to investigations, they left Loka's body in the apartment 26 hours before returning, at which time one of the suspects allegedly sawed off the victim’s head and feet and put them in a suitcase, which he dumped in the desert.

The main suspect, the owner of a gambling hall at a hotel in Zamalek, is accused of inviting the victim to her apartment where she, her husband and an accomplice allegedly agreed to get rid of their guest and steal his money.

On 7 February, Bloomberg reported that Siemens AG, Germany’s largest engineering company, said the head of its Egyptian industrial unit, Loka, was found dead.

Local police informed Siemens of Loka’s death, Philipp Encz, a spokesperson for the Munich-based company, said by telephone.

Siemens employs about 500 people in Egypt, where it sells gas turbines as well as automation and railway equipment. The company has annual sales of about US$343 million, Encz said.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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