Murderer could be hanged on live TV — Analysis

A court in Egypt has ruled that broadcasting executions could be used as deterrents for potential criminals.

According to local media, an Egyptian court has requested the live television hanging of a murderer. It believes that this could deter others.

Mohamed Adel, 21, was convicted of killing Nayera Ashraf in late June outside Mansoura University. This trial took place over two days. According to reports, Adel had been stalking the girl for some time and then plotted to murder her after she refused to marry him. 

Video footage from the attack, which was shared widely on social media, shows Adel stabbing Ashraf repeatedly as she got off the bus close to the university. She then jumped on Ashraf and cut her throat before a few horrified witnesses. 

Adel pleaded guilty in the murder trial and was sentenced for death on July 6. The court wanted to take Adel’s case seriously and ordered a national television broadcast.

The Mansoura Courthouse wrote a letter to Egypt’s parliament explaining that publicizing the sentencing was not enough to deter similar crimes from happening in the future.

“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 following is what the letter said, according to local media.

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Adel’s attorney, Farid El-Deeb, who was a defense lawyer for the late ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, insists that his client does not deserve the death penalty and has vowed to appeal the verdict.

In 1998, the Egyptian state broadcast a video of three people who had killed a mother and two children at their Cairo home.

Ashraf’s murder, along with other prominent killings of women in Jordan or the UAE within the same month caused a stir across the region as well as on social media. Women’s rights activists are now demanding justice and decrying the recent surge in violence against women in the Arab world.

According to the Egyptian Edraak Foundation for Development and Equality, it reported that 335 violence crimes were committed against Egyptian women and girls between January and April this year. The country also witnessed a number of other violent incidents. “notable rise”In gender-based violence 813 cases were reported in 2021, as compared to 415 for 2020. 

Nearly eight million Egyptian women, according to UN surveys in 2015, claim that they have suffered violence from their husbands and relatives.

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