Egypt court sentences Egyptian man to death for killing Italian citizen in Milan

El Sayed Gamal El Din, Monday 15 Apr 2019

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a defendant to death on Monday for killing an Italian citizen in the city of Milano in 2013.

The case dates back to November 2014, when Interpol requested the arrest of an Egyptian citizen over the robbery and murder of a carpet shop owner of Iranian descent in Milan.

The defendant fled Italy after committing the crime in 2013 and was arrested months later at his residence in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya.

The defendant told authorities that he worked as a cleaner in the shop owned by the victim, and claimed that he was sexually assaulted by the shop owner.

The defendant can appeal the verdict before the Court of Cassation.

According to Egyptian law, an Egyptian citizen who commits a crime abroad can be arrested and tried within Egypt as long as the act is considered a crime in both Egypt and the country where the crime was committed.

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