Egyptian authorities are investigating the killing of a university student by police, a judicial official said Tuesday, the latest in series of cases alleging brutality by security forces. The death of engineering student Islam Ateto on May 19 has become a major topic on Egyptian television talk shows and in newspapers in
recent days, as his family and colleagues say he was last seen alive in class taking an exam. Security officials, meanwhile, have insisted Ateto was an Islamic militant belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and was wanted over the killing of a police officer last month. The Engineering Students’ Union of Ain Shams university has alleged plainclothes security officials entered the school and took Ateto away to be killed. The university’s administration called the allegation “not true,” saying unreleased surveillance footage showed Ateto leaving unaccompanied.