Fugitive doctor in sex case held in Greece

"WINNIPEG After a year on the run, a doctor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy at Winnipeg's Children's Hospital has been arrested in Europe, confirming widespread belief he fled overseas.

Walid Abdelhamid was taken into custody by customs officials at an airport in Greece during the second week of August, Winnipeg police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Friday. "He was travelling at the time," Michalyshen said.

Michalyshen was unaware if Abdelhamid, 31, was departing or arriving in Greece, or what other countries he might have visited during his time in hiding...."


"....Sources believed he fled to Europe because his parents live in Vienna.
Abdelhamid disappeared in July 2009, about a month after he got bail and was ordered to surrender his passport and reside in Winnipeg.

The Crown and police opposed his release, saying he was a serious flight risk.

Abdelhamid is accused of twice sexually assaulting a young boy at Winnipeg's Children's Hospital on June 15, 2009. Abdelhamid worked at the facility on a training visa and as a postgraduate resident doctor in the U of M's faculty of medicine.

He is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation.

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