Father of Egyptian teenage girl who died in Nottingham slams authorities for 'lack of respect'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 1 May 2019

Mariam Moustafa
Eighteen-year-old Mariam Moustafa

The father of an Egyptian engineering student who died after a fatal street assault in Nottingham last year said that British authorities have shown him “no respect” by not informing him of the date of a recent court hearing in the case.

Eighteen-year-old Mariam Moustafa was left in a coma a few hours after she was attacked by a group of women in February 2018 and died from her injuries less than a month later.

Six teenage girls have been accused of affray but three of them had denied the charges. However, these three admitted their part in the attack during a hearing last month, British news websites reported. 

The student’s father, Hatem Moustafa, said in TV comments on Tuesday that he was not informed about the hearing in which the three girls admitted attacking his daughter, describing the matter as showing “no respect” to the family.

“Everything that has to do with Mariam we should be informed about,” he said during a phone interview with Egyptian satellite TV channel TeN TV.

The father expressed “categorical objection” of the charge of affray leveled against the defendants, describing it as “very weak” given the magnitude of the attack that led to the loss of his daughter.

He insisted the family has provided very strong evidence that it was “beating that led to death.”

Mariam was punched several times while waiting for a bus outside the Victoria Centre in Parliament Street in the centre of Nottingham, according to the police.

She had gotten on a bus but was followed by the same group of women who were threatening and abusive towards her before they got off, police said in a statement at the time.

The case has sparked anger in Egypt, with Egyptian authorities calling on British officials to provide more information about the police investigation.

The father also expressed dismay that the British forensic report said the death of his daughter was “natural.” He said it was “strange and shocking” that all parties involved in the case are working together to protect the reputation of the country and not to reveal it as “a crime involving racism.”

“They are shutting all doors in our faces to make the matter end like that,” he said, adding that all he is asking for is his “daughter’s rights and achieving justice.”

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