Egypt's top prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered on Thursday an investigation into the deaths of two Egyptians who died under suspicious circumstances earlier this month in the United States and the UK.
The prosecutor-general ordered investigations into the deaths of Mohamed Mahmoud Rushdie in Indiana, who was found dead in a dumpster, and British-Egyptian Adel Habib, who died earlier this week in a garage blaze in London.
Habib’s death is being investigating by British Metropolitan police and is “unexplained at this stage in the investigation,” according to a statement by the British embassy in Cairo.
Rushdie, who had gone missing on 20 April before his body was discovered, was found bearing signs of torture.
Egypt’s prosecutor-general ordered his office’s International Cooperation Department to prepare a request for information on the cases from UK and US officials.
According to a statement issued by the Egyptian foreign ministry on Thursday evening, the General Egyptian Consulate in Chicago is following Rushdie’s case.
The consul has met with Indiana investigators to receive the latest updates about the crime.
The foreign ministry’s spokesperson said that the ministry summoned the head of the Consular Section at the US embassy in Cairo to stress the importance of uncovering the truth and finding those responsible.