The Egyptian government has confirmed the killing of a teacher named Hani Abdel Tawab in Saudi Arabia last week, expressing its confidence in the Saudi judiciary in examining the case.
The Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptian Affairs Abroad, Nabila Makram Abdel-Shaheed, expressed in a statement “her sincere condolences to the family of the Egyptian teacher, Hani Abdel-Tawab, who was killed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Makram confirmed that “investigations into the accident will be pursued in coordination with the Egyptian embassy in Riyadh, as well as coordination with the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, in order to expedite the return of the deceased’s body to the homeland at the request of his family, in accordance with specific flight dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Egypt at the present time.”
The Egyptian minister indicated “confidence in the Saudi judiciary and in that the perpetrator will receive his penalty in accordance with the laws governing the Kingdom.”
Abdel Tawab, a 35-year-old English teacher in middle school, died in intensive care at a hospital in Riyadh, after being shot by one of his students last week.
The Egyptian newspaper Al-Watan quoted a friend of the late teacher, Ahmed Mahmoud, stating that the incident began with an altercation between Abdel Tawab and one of his students of 13 years old, in the classroom.