Court calls for execution of killer to be broadcast live

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An Egyptian court has asked MPs for the hanging of a killer who stabbed a student to death when she turned down his marriage proposal to be broadcast live.

Mohamed Adel, 21, had been found guilty of the brutal murder and sentenced to death for killing his university classmate Naira Ashraf.

Now in an extraordinary move, the court has called for his execution to be aired, in part to deter similar crimes from happening in future.

Mohamed Adel, 21, who is awaiting execution, and Naira, who he brutally murdered.
The court wants to broadcast the execution of Mohamed Adel, 21, for killing his university classmate Naira Ashraf. Source: CEN/Australscope

"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 court wrote in its letter to Parliament.

Chilling footage shows how Adel attacked Naira as she stepped off a bus at Mansoura University, northern Egypt, on June 20 to sit her final exams.

Adel can be seen punching his victim in the head and then jumping on her and stabbing her repeatedly in the neck as she falls to the ground.

After her throat was slit, Naira died at the scene as angry witnesses seized Adel when he tried to flee.

It later emerged that the knifeman had stalked the student and had resolved to kill her after she snubbed his marriage proposal.

Footage of Adel attacking Naira on the road.
Chilling footage shows how Adel attacked Naira as she stepped off a bus at Mansoura University. Source: CEN/Australscope

Lawyer to challenge death sentence

Mansoura Courthouse confirmed Adel's death sentence on July 6 after having preliminarily settled on the same punishment on June 28.

The verdict, which may be appealed, was made public on July 24.

"We still have 60 days to challenge death sentence against Adel," the defendant's lawyer Farid El-Deeb said.

El-Deeb is well-known in Egypt and was famously the lead defence lawyer for the late former president Hosni Mubarak.

The last time a capital punishment was aired in Egypt was when state television broadcast the 1998 execution of three men who had killed a woman and her two children at their home in Cairo.

In Egypt, the method of execution for civilian convictions is hanging.


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