Walid Ahmed Abdelhamid
Credits: Police photo
WINNIPEG -- When Walid Abdelhamid was arrested in June 2009 for allegedly sexually assaulting a teen patient in his hospital bed, police opposed the bail release of the Libyan-born doctor.
"We knew he was not a Canadian citizen so we considered him a flight risk," Winnipeg police Det. Gail Tereck-
Mcdonald told court Thursday.
A judge granted Abdelhamid bail and ordered that he give up his passport.
By August 2009, a warrant had been issued for Abdelhamid's arrest after he failed to show up for bail supervision and police searched for him with no success.
Winnipeg police enlisted the aid of police agencies across Canada and Europe in a manhunt that ended with
Abdelhamid's arrest Aug. 10, 2010, in Greece.
Tereck-Mcdonald and partner Det. Nicolas Doyon flew to Athens the following May and returned Abdelhamid to Winnipeg.
In Winnipeg, police seized a DNA sample from Abdelhamid for comparison to unknown DNA found on the alleged victim's clothing.
Earlier in the week, the now 18-year-old alleged victim testified he was a patient at Winnipeg's Children's
Hospital in June 2009 when he awoke to find a man touching his penis and trying to insert a finger in his anus.
When a nurse walked in, the man moved his hands to the teen's stomach and pretended to examine him, the teen told court.
The teen said he was awakened a second time hours later and saw the same man performing oral sex on him.