Turkish authorities probe mysterious death of Egyptian Noha Salem

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Jun 2024

The Turkish authorities are intensifying their investigation into the murder of Egyptian citizen Noha Mahmoud Salem, whose body was discovered in early May under suspicious circumstances in the Bayrampaşa district of the capital Istanbul.



Salem, a 64-year-old doctor from Alexandria who had arrived in Istanbul for a one-month tourist trip with friends, was found dead after being missing for three weeks.

Her body bore signs of severe torture, including a shaved head, missing nails, and significant mutilation, according to the Turkish police.

The Egyptian citizen's identity was confirmed through DNA analysis following a missing person report filed by her son, Yahya Hassan, who resides in Dubai.

Recently, further details emerged from an audio recording in which Salem disclosed that she had met an Egyptian man online and had traveled to Istanbul to marry him.

The man, a 45-year-old from the Egyptian city of Tanta, was said to be a freelance translator, according to media reports.

In the audio, Salem described how the man had deceived her about his financial status and family obligations, which included four children and unpaid debts.

The circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear, with the Turkish authorities yet to identify or arrest the perpetrator.

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