'My brother was not an Islamist,' says brother of Dubai resident shot dead in Egypt
DUBAI // A young Dubai man shot dead in Cairo after travelling to Egypt to oppose the Muslim Brotherhood has been claimed by the Islamist group as one of their own "martyrs".
The claim has devastated the family of Hossam Bedewy Sadek, 30, who also live in Dubai. They believe it was Brotherhood supporters who killed him.
"Hossam was always against the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was always active and wanted to be part of the movement against the Brotherhood," said Karim Sadek, 28, who flew to Cairo for his brother's funeral.
The dead man was one of 22 million signatories to an anti-Brotherhood petition organised by the Tamarod (Rebel) movement, and travelled to Egypt from Riyadh to join protests on June 30 against the former president, Mohammed Morsi, who was later removed from office. Sadek had been working in the Saudi capital as a construction project engineer.
In the early hours of last Tuesday Sadek took to the streets of Giza in Cairo to have suhoor with his brother-in-law, Ahmed Hussam.
They decided to investigate an area where there had been previous clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces.
"He wanted to report events on the streets through social media," said his cousin, 27-year-old Maged Mokhtar, who, like Sadek, was born and brought up in Dubai and still lives and works in the UAE.
"It's hard to trust the media in Egypt, so his on-the-ground updates were very important."
Sadek and Mr Hussam were fired on from two cars, Sadek's brother said.
"My brother was shot in the chest, which killed him instantly, and Ahmed was shot in the leg."
Mr Hussam has recently left a hospital intensive care unit and is still recovering from his wounds.
Their family and friends were oblivious to the events until a friend noticed Sadek's name on Al Jazeera television news being reported as a Brotherhood martyr.
Photos of Sadek's body and his ID had been uploaded on several Muslim Brotherhood Facebook pages claiming it as evidence of the brutal targeting of their supporters, and this had been picked up by the broadcaster.
Sadek's body had been taken to nearby Al Nahda Square in Giza, one of the focus areas of the Brotherhood's protests.
Although the identity and affiliation of Sadek's attackers could not be verified, the victim's family believe the killers were the same Brotherhood supporters who carried his body away.
Proof of this, claims Sadek's brother, is Sadek's injured brother-in-law's account that the cars carrying the plain-clothed shooters were unmarked.
These were followed by more plain-clothed, armed men on foot who chased anti-Brotherhood protesters through the streets.
"This is a new low," said Mr Sadek. "They not only kill my brother but then use his dead body to further their goals."
Mr Sadek and his parents flew from Dubai to Cairo immediately after hearing of Sadek's death.
"His wife told me, and I was devastated and furious to say the least," he said. "I tried to stay strong when I told our parents, which wasn't easy."
The family took Sadek's body to Tahrir Square after the funeral to assure everyone he was against the Brotherhood.
Mr Sadek said he has received a lot of support and calls since his death. "He was a great person and a one-of-a-kind who always loved to help others," Mr Sadek said.
"Studying architecture, he wanted to build his own house and loved to travel with his family."
Sadek had worked in Dubai before moving to Saudi Arabia with his wife, four-year-old daughter Lily and son Malik, 1.
Updated: July 30, 2013 04:00 AM