Egyptian student Mariam Moustafa - press photo
CAIRO - 24 March 2018: An Egyptian parliamentary delegation, including Alaa Abed, head of the human rights committee, and Egyptian Ambassador to the U.K. Nasser Kamel met on Friday with the family of Mariam Moustafa, an engineering student based in Nottingham, U.K., who was fatally beaten by 10 British women of African descent.
The meeting, which was held at the Egyptian embassy in London, followed up the investigations conducted by the Metropolitan Police Service (Scotland Yard)
in Moustafa's case and discussed the required preparations to transfer the victim's body to Cairo as soon as possible.
In late February, Moustafa, an engineering student based in Nottingham, UK, was brutally beaten by 10 British women of African descent. The incident stirred condemnation of both the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the British Embassy in Cairo.
UK Police said there was no information to suggest the attack was motivated by racial hate, but authorities will "continue to keep an open mind."
A 17-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of "assault occasioning grievous bodily harm" and has been released on bail, CNN reported.
The death of Moustafa has resulted outrage and infuriation in Egypt.
Moustafa’s mother posted a video on social media saying that her daughter is in critical condition due to being brutally beaten by the ten women. She claimed that the assault was race-motivated, as her daughter doesn’t actually know those girls at all and never talked with them before.
“Four months ago, two of the same ten women abused my daughter in the street with no specific reason. We went to the police station and issued an official complaint; however, nothing happened,” the women said in her video.
She added that when the ten women saw her in the street walking alone, they attacked her once again and dragged her about twenty meters in the street.
“She managed to get up and run towards one of the buses, but they went after her and started to beat her again. Just one man tried to defend her, but no one else tried to interfere,” the mother said.
According to the Mirror website, Mariam was just offered a place at university in London to study engineering, and the incident took place as she was shopping alone in the city.
She agreed to meet with her sister and mother later that day, but due to the escalating situation, she didn’t. The family was informed later that their daughter had been hospitalized.