Italian tourist held in Egypt over alleged beating death at hotel


Ministry says when confronted, tourist confessed to assaulting engineer

Tourists come to Egypt to relax and sightsee (AFP/file photo)
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Monday 14 August 2017 8:05 UTC

Egyptian judicial officials said on Saturday they have detained an Italian tourist who allegedly beat to death an engineer supervising work at a Red Sea hotel.

Egypt's tourism ministry had said in a statement that the Italian had been in the company of his two children, aged six and 15, at a beachfront hotel under construction in the Marsa Alam resort when the engineer told him it was off limits.

They quarrelled and the Italian allegedly "beat the engineer... and when confronted he confessed to assaulting the engineer leading to his death," the ministry said about Thursday's incident.

The authorities were coordinating with Italian missions in Egypt to repatriate the two children, the ministry said.