Egypt’s foreign ministry follows up on probe into teacher's murder in Riyadh

Ahram Online , Monday 4 Jan 2021

The teacher died after he was shot in the head by a teenage student

Hany Abdel-Tawwab
Egyptian teacher Hany Abdel-Tawwab (Photo: social media)

The Egyptian foreign ministry said it is following the investigations into the murder of an Egyptian teacher in the Saudi capital in late December through the country’s general consulate in Riyadh.

The ministry “expresses its confidence in the justice of the judicial authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its ability to impose deterrent punishment on the perpetrators,” a statement by the ministry read on Monday.

The body of the deceased teacher, Hany Abdel-Tawwab, was repatriated on Sunday, after the consulate had concluded the official procedures, the ministry said.

It added that the consulate is working with the Riyadh labour office of the Egyptian Ministry of Manpower to obtain the victim’s dues and any compensations owed to his family, in accordance with the Saudi law.

Abdel-Tawwab died of injuries at a hospital in the Saudi capital after he was reportedly shot by one of his teenage students following a skirmish.

According to local reports, a 13-year-old student, accompanied by his 16-year-old brother shot the teacher in the head.

The victim was transferred to Riyadh's Sulayyil General Hospital but succumbed to his injuries in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Saudi authorities arrested both suspects and have held the alleged murderer.

In June, an Egyptian young man was shot dead by a Saudi national in Jeddah after engaging in a quarrel.


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