Killer ‘to be hanged on live TV’ after stabbing classmate who rejected him
Egypt could be set to carry out an execution live on TV after a student stabbed his classmate to death in broad daylight.
Mohamed Adel, 21, ruthlessly assaulted and killed Naira Ashraf after she turned him down for marriage just outside of her university.
The ruling judge said that the crime, which shocked the nation, warranted not only death but for it to be broadcast live – something that has not been done in the country since 1998.
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Adel was sentenced to death on July 6, following his hideous act outside Mansoura University, which was captured in horrific CCTV footage.
He can be seen punching Ms Ashraf in the head as she steps off a bus and when she falls he begins to stab her in the neck repeatedly.
Adel was grabbed by passers-by, while Ms Ashraf died on the scene.
The Egyptian parliament received a request from the court for the execution to be beamed nationwide live. It is thought that in doing so the court hopes to stop similar murders from taking place.
Mansoura Courthouse wrote a letter to members of parliament saying: "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."
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The official verdict was made public on July 24, although there is still scope for it to be appealed.
Farid El-Deeb, Adel’s lawyer, said this is exactly what his client would be doing, stating: "We still have 60 days to challenge death sentence against Adel".
The lead defence lawyer is the same used by Egypt’s late president Hosni Mubarak, meaning Adel has one of the nation’s leading attorneys on his side.
It emerged in the proceedings that Adel’s decision to kill Ms Ashraf was premeditated and that he had stalked her on Facebook. She had previously ghosted him on social media.
The last time an execution was broadcast live on TV three men had been found guilty of killing a woman and her two children in Cairo, the nation’s capital.
Execution in Africa is normally carried out by hanging.
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