Egypt following up on investigation into murder of Egyptian pharmacist in Saudi Arabia

Jehad El-Sayed , Thursday 14 Jul 2022

Egyptian Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan is following up on the killing of an Egyptian pharmacist in Saudi Arabia and the procedures to ship his body home for burial, the ministry’s official Facebook page reported on Thursday.

Ahmed Mohamed Hatem
The victim, the Egyptian pharmacist, Ahmed Mohamed Hatem.


On Wednesday, an Egyptian pharmacist, Ahmed Mohamed Hatem Abdel Hadi, 33, working in the Saudi city of Sakaka was reportedly shot twice by a Saudi woman when he refused to dispense an antibiotic without a prescription, the Ministry of Manpower stated.

It is illegal to dispense medicine, including antibiotics, without a prescription, according to Saudi law.

The pharmacist was immediately taken to hospital but died upon arrival.

Police arrested the woman and are investigating the incident, the statement said. The identity of the assailant has not been revealed.

Emigration Minister Nabila Makram extended her condolences to the deceased’s family, the Ministry of Emigration said on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

Makram contacted the family of the pharmacist and affirmed that the Egyptian embassy is accelerating procedures to return the body home and is following up on the investigation.

Also, Egypt’s Syndicate of Pharmacists released a statement on Wednesday expressing mourning for the victim.

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