File - Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram traveled to Kuwait to check on the health statues of the Egyptian expat attacked
CAIRO - 6 September 2019: Ministry of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs issued a statement on Oct. 5 explaining the efforts exerted in the case of Egyptian engineer Ali Abul Qasim who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia.
The statement added that Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram phoned the Egyptian Embassy in Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Embassy in Cairo to find out the details of the case.
The minister also met with the president of the Engineers Syndicate to discuss ways to support the position of Abul Qasim.
This came after the minister was briefed on the messages of the engineer’s wife and children on social media sites,in which they demanded the Saudi authorities to re-investigate to prove the innocence of their sole breadwinner.
Makram revealed that the Ministry of Justice and the Office of International Cooperation in the Attorney General's Office have been contacted to quickly send a request to the Saudi authorities to re-investigate based on the Egyptian judicial position on the case, especially with the existence of Arab judicial cooperation agreements that allow the exchange of information.
The minister also went personally to the Office of the Attorney General to follow up the delivery of all the papers pertaining to the case, which prove the innocence of the engineer to the Saudi side.
According to the Egyptian officials,the Egyptian witnesses' testimony proves that the allegation, which claims that the equipment imported by Abul Qasim's company contains a drug shipment, is not based on evidence.
On the other hand, activists launched the hashtag"Save Engineer Ali Abul Qasim," which ranked second among the highest circulated hashtags on Twitter, calling President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to quickly intervene to stop the death sentence against the Egyptian engineer.
Ali Abul Qasim has been working in Saudi Arabia since 2007 and was sentenced to death in 2017 on charges of smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia.