Egypt Foreign Ministry Follows Case of Egyptian Killed in German Prison

The Egyptian Embassy in Berlin sent an official letter to Germany’s foreign ministry requesting information regarding the murder of a young Egyptian man in a prison in the city of Essen.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Egyptian foreign ministry questioned the reasons why the Egyptian Embassy was not notified of the incident, and demanded an official explanation.

Egypt’s ambassador in Berlin contacted heads of relevant departments including in the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the public prosecutor’s office in Germany to obtain urgent information about the incident, the statement read.

“Local authorities in Germany clarified that Mohamed Abdel Fattah had been imprisoned and confirmed his death,” the Egyptian foreign ministry said.

An investigation has been opened into Abdel Fattah’s death and German authorities are expected to send a written response once the investigation is concluded, according to the statement.

In a phone interview with Al-Hayah satellite channel, the father of the deceased said that his son was buried in Germany without prior notification given to him or to the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin.

He elaborated that his son, Abdel Fattah, was a resident in Italy then moved to Germany where he was arrested by German police and transferred to a care center on Feb. 9.

Abdel Fattah was later transferred to a hospital on June 19 and was declared dead on June 22, the father said.

The Egyptian Embassy and the Consulate General in Frankfurt are following the case and urging the German authorities to conduct a speedy investigation, according to the statement.

Source: Aswat Masriya.