UK police officers visit Cairo to update family of Mariam Moustafa on investigation into death

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Jul 2018

Mariam Moustafa
File Photo: Egyptian teenager Mariam Moustafa who died after being violently attacked in Nottingham, England on February 20 (Photo: Courtesy of Social Media)

A delegation from the British police visited Egypt on Thursday to present the latest findings in the investigation into the death of an Egyptian teenager in the UK in March.

Mariam Moustafa was attacked by a group of women on a bus in Nottingham in the UK on 20 February. She died three weeks later.

According to Al-Ahram newspaper, Nottinghamshire police chief Rob Griffin said that the East Midlands Major Crimes Unit were conducting a comprehensive investigation into the death of 18-year-old Moustafa and compiling the available evidence, giving special attention to the perception that the assault on her might be motivated by hatred.

Griffin confirmed that he has been in contact with Moustafa’s family and legal representatives over the past five months to keep them fully updated on the progress of the investigation.

“We understand the grief and concern in Egypt and the UK but we are committed to continuing the investigation and collecting evidence, which might take long time,” Griffin said according to Al-Ahram.

The incident resulted in tensions between the victim's family and British authorities over accusations around the negligence in medical care given to the student following the incident, and questions around the police investigation into the incident.

The Egyptian government also said that the medical treatment provided to Moustafa immediately after the attack raises questions.

The British embassy in Cairo and UK authorities have repeatedly promised a fair investigation into the case.

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