Court orders 4-day detention for Italian tourist accused of manslaughter

Mohammed El-Said
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The Hurghada Court ordered on Saturday a four-day detention for an Italian tourist pending investigations into accusations of beating to death an Egyptian engineer in Marsa Alam, state-media reported.

Egyptian engineer Tarek Al-Henawy was working in a touristic resort under construction in the Red Sea city of Marsa Allam.

“The problem between the Italian tourist and the Egyptian engineer started when the Egyptian victim tried to tell the Italian tourist that his presence at the construction site was forbidden, as the tourist was accompanied by his two daughters (6 years old and 15 years old). This led to an altercation between them, leading the tourist to beat the engineer,” said Samia Sami, head of the Central Administration of the Interior Offices in the Ministry of Tourism.

Preliminary investigations reported by state-owned media Al-Ahram said the Italian tourist was reportedly a guest at a touristic resort near the village under construction.

The Forensic Medicine Authority is to issue its autopsy report determining the cause of death. Investigations are expected to resume on 19 August after being postponed until the presence of a lawyer and a translator for the suspect.

Moreover, the Minister of Tourism Yahia Rashid said in press statements Saturday that concerned authorities will take legal measures to punish the criminal.

Meanwhile, a Facebook account believed to belong to Al-Henawy, published a post made public on Friday confirming the death but denying it happened in a fight. “I am the daughter of engineer Tarek Al-Henawy. He died today as a result of high blood pressure and there is no truth in rumours circulating about his death in an accident or fight,” the post read.

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Mohammed El-Said is the Science Editor for the Daily News Egypt with over 8 years of experience as a journalist. His work appeared in the Science Magazine, Nature Middle East, Scientific American Arabic Edition, SciDev and other regional and international media outlets. El-Said graduated with a bachelor's degree and MSc in Human Geography, and he is a PhD candidate in Human Geography at Cairo University. He also had a diploma in media translation from the American University in Cairo.
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