Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Egyptian Man Dies in Saudi Police Station

Egyptian dies in Saudi police station


Mohamed Kamel

The death of 39-year-old Egyptian national Ahmed Saber at a police station in Saudi Arabia has raised suspicions of foul play due to injuries found on the dead man's neck.

Saber, a driver working for a Saudi transport company, reportedly had an altercation with his employer over money on 27 June.

According to a preliminary coroner's report, Saber's shirt had been torn from the side. The report went on to state that the cause of death could not be determined except by way of a thorough autopsy.

The company for which Saber worked was requested by Saudi authorities to turn over the deceased man's medical records for examination.

Egyptian Consul in Riyadh Fawzi el-Ashmawy said the body would be sent to Egypt upon completion of a final autopsy report. "We requested that Saber's family receive all their financial rights," he said.

Saber's wife said her husband had been working for the Saudi company for two years. "They didn't even call us to tell us what happened," she said.

*Translated from the Arabic Edition.

Funeral for Egyptian killed in Saudi Arabia


Mohamed Kamel

Hundreds of Egyptians have attended the funeral of an Egyptian driver who died in a police station in Saudi Arabia following a clash with a Saudi citizen.

The body of Ahmed Saber was buried in the Saudi Arabian village of el-Qarayat, under the supervision of an Egyptian community leader, a number of the driver’s Egyptian friends and a representative of the Egyptian consulate.

Fawzi el-Ashmawi, Egypt’s consul general in Riyadh, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that criminal investigations are still taking place and that the results will be sent to the court once police and forensic reports are completed.

“There’s communication with the Saudi transport company where Saber worked in order to collect his dues and send them to his family,” el-Ashmawi added.

He also affimed that the consulate has contacted the Saudi Foreign Ministry, the prince of this region and el-Qarayat’s governor, demanding a copy of the police and forensic reports, which are set to be issued in a month.

For her part, Khadeega Mohamed Khaleel, the driver’s widow, has asked foreign ministry officials to let her travel to Saudi Arabia at her own expense to visit her husband’s grave.

*Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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