Cairo- A judge in the city of Hurghada, capital of the Red Sea Governorate, ordered on Saturday that an Italian tourist accused of killing an Egyptian engineer be kept in detention, judicial sources said.
A source said “the judge has ordered to postpone a decision to extend the Italian tourist’s jail term at the request of the detainee’s lawyer in order to review the case’s documents and to recruit an interpreter in line with the detention’s extension,” adding that the judge will reconsider the detention’s extension on Saturday.
The source said that the tourist called Ivan Pascal Moro as stated by the Egyptian tourism ministry, will be incarcerated in the city of Marsa Alam where he killed the Egyptian engineer on Thursday.
The general prosecution of Al-Qoseir city in the Red Sea Governorate ordered on Friday to jail Moro for four days and referred his detention’s extension to Hurghada’s prosecutor.
The police of Marsa Alam have arrested the tourist and accused him of beating an engineer to death, after the victim prevented him from swimming in an under-construction resort.
The ministry said in a report that Moro had admitted to beating him to death. It added that the tourist’s daughters aged 6 and 15 were present at the time of the incident and had since been in the care of a hotel employee in Marsa Alam.
Emad Fathi, the Egyptian tourism consultant in Italy, said he visited the hotel where the girls are staying and that he is working on returning them back to Italy in coordination with the Italian embassy in Cairo and the Italian consulate in Hurghada.