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Report: Qatari couple detained in Egypt in housemaid’s death released on bail

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Egypt has released a Qatari national who was detained after his maid plunged to her death from the fourth-floor apartment they were staying in, the Peninsula reports.

The man’s wife, who had surrendered herself to the prosecution, was also released on EGP10,000 ($1,600) bail, the report states.

The family’s other maid alerted her sponsor to the 26-year-old Indonesian maid’s death when she spotted her body, which was lying on the street with clothes strewn from a suitcase, Al Arab reports.

The apartment was in the Talibiya district of Giza province near Cairo, the newspaper states.

Gulf Times translates:

Al Arab said that her employer had admitted to the Egyptian police that he had locked her in a room for three days and had seized her passport lest she would try to escape. He also said that the maid had been recruited only two months ago and had travelled to Cairo from Qatar with his family…

The Public Prosecutor’s office in Cairo has ordered a full investigation into the incident and a postmortem of the body, which will be handed over to the Indonesian embassy in Cairo, with the postmortem report countersigned by the deceased’s employer.

According to her sponsor, she must have been killed while attempting to escape the apartment.

“She might have lost balance while escaping through the window,” the Peninsula quotes him as saying.

Credit: Photo of a Giza neighborhood by Fernando Nunes

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