CAIRO – 27 August 2018: Six teenagers have been summoned to appear before the Nottingham Magistrates’ Court over charges of fighting with Egyptian Mariam Moustafa, 18, who died in the hospital following the incident.
According to British media reports, three of the girls summoned are 17 years old, two of them are 19 years old and one is 19 years old. The teenagers are set to appear before the court on September 27 to answer affray charges.
In late February, the 18-year-old engineering student was tragically attacked and put into coma by 10 British women of African descent, according to media reports. On March 14, Mariam lost her life.
“Four months before the accident, two of the same 10 women assaulted my daughter in the street for no specific reason. We went to the police station and issued an official complaint; however, nothing happened,” Mariam's mother said in a video.
She added that when the 10 women saw Mariam in the street walking alone, they attacked her once again and dragged her about 20 meters.
“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.
In a statement issued on March 2, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said they are following all of the case’s updates.
Abu Zeid said Egyptian authorities demanded the British authorities to take more serious steps in investigating the abusers, especially that they were captured by the CCTV cameras from the streets and bus where the incident took place.
Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin of Nottinghamshire Police said during his visit to Egypt in July, that Nottinghamshire Police and colleagues from the East Midlands Major Crime Unit are professionally investigating the case, adding that they did not rule out the perception that the crime might have been encouraged by hate.
British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson said during an interview in March with Egyptian satellite channel ON Live that the horrible assault on the Egyptian student is a crime against British values.
Mariam was born in Italy, and according to Italian local media, Italy's prosecution addressed its counterpart in the U.K. to join the investigation's proceedings. The Italian Foreign Ministry described the crime as “brutal”, adding that the Italian ambassador to the United Kingdom “is personally following the case in cooperation with his Egyptian counterpart.”