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    Relatives of A321 Crash Victims Ask to Investigate Egypt Police for Looting

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    Igor Trunov, a lawyer of the elatives of victims of the Russian A321 plane crash in Egypt's Sinai, called for an inspection to establish whether criminal proceedings should be initiated on the incidents of looting of the plane's wreckage by local police.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The relatives of victims of the Russian A321 plane crash in Egypt's Sinai have asked for an inquiry to be opened to investigate alleged incidents of looting of the plane's wreckage by local police, a lawyer said Thursday.

    "Today, I appealed to the head of the investigative group, to inform him that the [relatives of the crash] victims have reported the loss of a number of belongings that have not been returned to their rightful owners," Igor Trunov told RIA Novosti.

    For instance, one person did not receive golden jewelry and an iPhone belonging to her relative who died in the tragedy, the lawyer said, adding that, as the body was not severely damaged in the tragedy, there was a high probability that the valuables were pilfered during the crash scene examination.

    The lawyer called for an inspection to establish whether criminal proceedings should be initiated.

    "Basic investigative and other activities have been conducted by the Egyptian side, and it had a responsibility to record the examination of the scene and take measures to search for and keep safe [victims'] bodies, belongings and valuables," the lawyer concluded.

    On October 31, an Airbus A321 operated by the Russian air carrier Kogalymavia crashed in the Sinai Peninsula. The plane, carrying 224 people, was heading to St. Petersburg from the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El-Sheikh. Russia's Investigative Committee has officially reclassified the plane crash as a terrorist attack.


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