Shoukry as­serts Egypt’s com­mit­ment to in­ves­ti­gate Pol­ish tourist death

The tourist re­port­edly com­mit­ted sui­cide in a hos­pi­tal in Hurghada

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

Egypt’s Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Same­hShoukry af­firmed to his Pol­ish coun­ter­part on Fri­day,dur­ing a phone call be­tween the two,Egypt’s com­mit­ment to co­op­er­ate with the Pol­ish author­i­ties to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions to clar­ify the cir­cum­stances of a Pol­ish tourist’s death in Hurghada, Egypt, ac­cord­ing to a press state­ment.

Egyp­tian Tourism Po­lice said that the 27-year-old Pol­ish tourist, Mag­dalena Zuk, com­mit­ted sui­cide on 30 April in a hos­pi­tal in Hurghada, to which she was ac­com­pa­nied “for her own safety”, re­ported lo­cal me­dia.

Zuk ar­rived alone to Egypt on 25 April. Her spouse was in con­tact with her and was “dis­turbed by her be­hav­iour”,and there­fore he made plans for her ear­lier re­turn home, ac­cord­ing to Pol­ish pub­lic broad­caster TVP.

Although TVP re­ported that Zuk was tied to her bed be­cause of her “ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour”, she man­aged to free her­self and jump out off the win­dow.

Re­port­edly, CCTV footage of Zuk in the hos­pi­tal was re­leased, show­ing how she was try­ing to free her­self from the bed.

Zuk’s fam­ily said that her un­fa­mil­iar be­hav­iour in­di­cated that she was harmed dur­ing her stay in MarsaAlam and just tried to es­cape.

“We saw the footage and in my opin­ion she was very hurt. She’s try­ing to run from this hos­pi­tal. She’s get­ting hurt. I am her older sis­ter, and I know that she was harmed,” Zuk’s sis­ter told TVP.

Egyp­tian doc­tors re­port­edly said that Zuk’s be­hav­iour was caused by men­tal ill­ness,par­tic­u­larly de­pres­sion.

While Pol­ish me­dia claim that Zuk was sex­u­ally abused,Egyp­tian author­i­ties de­nied that and de­clared that her sui­cide was a re­sult of her men­tal ill­ness.

Egypt’s Foren­sic Author­ity an­nounced ear­lier in May that an au­topsy of Zuk’s body had started;how­ever, re­sults have not been an­nounced.

Pol­ish pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral Bog­dan Święczkowski said that Egypt is show­ing a high will­ing­ness to co­op­er­ate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, ad­ding that in­ves­ti­ga­tions would be ei­ther con­ducted in both coun­tries or that a joint com­mit­tee of in­ves­ti­ga­tors would be estab­lished, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal Pol­ish me­dia.

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