A judge has ruled that a man who stabbed a student to death when she turned down his marriage proposal should be hanged on LIVE TV in Egypt.
Mohamed Adel, 21, was found guilty of murdering his Mansoura University classmate Naira Ashraf when she turned him down, with the court sentencing him to death on July 6.
The court has now called for his execution to be broadcast live to deter similar crimes from happening in the future.
In its letter to Parliament, 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.’
Adel was captured in chilling footage attacking Ashraf outside Mansoura University near the Nile Delta on 20th June.
She was just about to sit her final exams, according to local media.
Ashraf died on the spot as angry passersby seized Adel while he was holding the knife and standing over her body, the video shows. She was stabbed several times, including on her neck and chest, local media said.
The knifeman had stalked the student and had resolved to kill her after she rejected his marriage proposal, the court heard.
Mansoura Courthouse preliminarily settled on the death penalty on June 28, confirming the sentence a week later.
An appeal stalled the verdict, which was made public on July 24. Now, the court has requested that the legislature change the statute governing capital punishment so that the execution might be aired live.
‘We still have 60 days to challenge death sentence against Adel,’ said the defendant’s lawyer Farid El-Deeb, who worked as the lead defence lawyer for late ex-president Hosni Mubarak.