A 21-year-old man in Egypt is expected to be hanged on live TV after he was given a death penalty for stabbing to death a classmate who rejected his love proposal.
The court appealed to Egyptian MPs in the country’s parliament to air the execution of Mohammed Adel as a way to teach other would be offenders of the similar crime.
In its letter, 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.”
On June 20, Adel murdered Naira Ashraf as she stepped off a bus outside Mansoura University, where they both attended in Northern Egypt.
The nature of the crime was particularly grim as the convicted killer was seen repeatedly punching Naira in the head and jumping on her and he also stabbed her repeatedly.
Furious onlookers seized Adel and he was detained as Naira lay with little chance of survival after her throat was slit.
Adel pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to death, a decision that had to go to Egypt’s ‘Grand Mufti’ Dr Shawki Allam for approval.
Judge Bahaeldin Al Merri said at his sentencing: “The court declares that it could not find the capacity for mercy for someone who was not merciful himself.
“Perhaps your death will do more good as an example for others than allowing you to live.”
Adel’s team are now moving to stop the death sentence and the defendant’s lawyer Farid El-Deeb said: “We still have 60 days to challenge the death sentence against Adel.”