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Egyptian court asks govt to LIVE TELECAST hanging of killer who fatally stabbed woman for rejecting him

Mohamad Adel stabbed his victim multiple times and slit her throat on a busy road, she died on the spot
UPDATED JUL 27, 2022
Adel (L) murdered Ashraf as she stepped off a bus outside the university, which they both attended (Screenshots Al Jazeera English / africanews)
Adel (L) murdered Ashraf as she stepped off a bus outside the university, which they both attended (Screenshots Al Jazeera English / africanews)

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An Egyptian court has called for broadcasting live the execution of a murderer, who stabbed his classmate to death after she ghosted him on social media and decided to turn down his marriage proposal.

Mohamed Adel, 21, was found guilty of murdering fellow student Nayera Ashraf, outside the Mansoura University in northern Egypt last month. The court sentenced him to death on July 6 after every testimony pointed at him.


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Mansoura Courthouse has now called for his execution to be broadcast live on TV to deter similar crimes from happening in the future. In its letter to MPs, Mansoura Courthouse wrote: "The broadcast, even if only part of the start of proceedings, could achieve the goal of deterrence, which was not achieved by broadcasting the sentencing itself. The verdict of the court, which may be appealed, was made public on July 24.

Responding to the verdict, the defendant's lawyer Farid El-Deeb said his client would appeal the sentence. "We still have 60 days to challenge the death sentence against Adel," El-Deeb, a prominent lawyer in Egypt and late former president Hosni Mubarak's lead defense lawyer is quoted as saying.

The gruesome murder of Nayera was captured on the University’s CCTV. The footage captured Adel punching hard in Nayera's head as she tried to get off the bus to appear in her final exam on June 20. As she fell with her face on the ground, he jumps on her and stabs her to death with repeated attacks on her neck. Ashraf died right on the spot after her throat was slit. The angry passengers seized Adel while he was holding the knife and standing over her body, the video shows. The fellow students of Ashraf revealed that Adel was her senior and was behind her for a very long time.

Mohamed Adal confessed to the crime. In his confession, he said he was madly in love with her and wanted to marry her. But when she turned down his proposal, he stabbed her in a fit of rage. After two days of hearing the court gave the verdict – Adal should be given a death sentence.

It didn’t take much time for the video of Nayera's murder to go viral. Later, it came out that the video of the murder was shot by a close friend of Adel's. The video was later removed from all social media platforms.

This is not the first time that the Judiciary has decided to broadcast capital punishment live on TV. The last time capital punishment was aired on public TV was in 1998 when the state broadcasted the execution of three men, who were found guilty of brutally killing a woman and her two children at their home in the capital, Cairo.