Cairo demands investigation into Egyptian’s death in Italian prison- ministry

Egypt’s foreign ministry gave orders early Sunday to the Egyptian embassy in Rome to follow up on the case of an Egyptian national who died in an Italian prison, the ministry announced.

Egyptian citizen Hany El-Sayed Mohamed died in an Italian prison last week.

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry directed the Egyptian embassy in Rome to communicate with Italian authorities and demand a full investigation of the death of the Egyptian citizen, and for Italian authorities to communicate the results of that investigation.

Shoukry also gave orders to the embassy to facilitate the return of El-Sayed’s body to Egypt, expressing his condolences to the deceased’s family.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic website, quoting MP Ghada Agamy, Hany El-Sayed, born in 1987, entered Italy illegally.

Agamy added that Italian authorities stated the cause of death as suicide. El-Sayed was previously sentenced to four years in prison for assaulting a police officer.

Egyptian-Italian relations have been strained since the disappearance and murder of Italian PhD student Giulio Regeni in February 2016.

Source: Ahram online