An Egyptian court has suggested that a man who killed a fellow student for rejecting his advances be hanged on live TV. Mohamed Adel was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Nayera Ashraf outside Mansoura University last month simply because she wasn’t interested in him romantically.
Naira Ashraf, Egyptian student, stabbed to death and Iman Arsheed, Jordanian student, shot dead. Both of these two beautiful women killed by men for simply saying no.. I honestly have no words pic.twitter.com/FlkNLXszYi
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- The murder was cruel and senseless. During the trial, the court learned that Adel had been sending death threats to Ashraf’s phone and stalking her. Because she refused his advances, he stabbed her to death. Some say that he was driven to kill because Ashraf refused to marry him, though that has not been verified.
- Authorities believe televising his execution could serve as a deterrent. Adel, also 21, was sentenced to death at Mansoura Courthouse following his trial, but courthouse officials aren’t content with simply ending his life. They’ve gone as far as to write to parliament requesting that he be executed on TV.
- The sentencing itself is not enough. In the letter to parliament obtained by local media, the court 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.”
- If parliament grants the court’s request, it wouldn’t be the first televised execution. There was previously an execution broadcast live in 1998 when three men were hanged for killing a woman and her two children in Cairo, according to The Independent. Adel is expected to appeal his conviction, though given that his sentence was approved by Egypt’s grand mufti himself, it seems unlikely it will be overturned.
— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) June 28, 2022