A STUDENT who stabbed his classmate to death in broad daylight after she refused his marriage proposal should be executed on live TV, a judge in Egypt has said.
The gross murder of young Naira Ashraf outside her university in northern Egypt by Mohamed Adel, 21, sent shockwaves across the country last month.
Adel was found guilty of murdering the student outside the Mansoura University, with the court sentencing him to death on July 6.
In an extraordinary move, the Egyptian court has now asked Parliament for the hanging of the killer to be broadcast live on TV – in part to determine similar crimes from happening in the future.
In his letter to MPs, Mansoura Courthouse 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.”
The verdict, which may be appealed, was made public on July 24.
The defendant’s lawyer Farid El-Deeb said his client would appeal the sentence.
“We still have 60 days to challenge death sentence against Adel,” he is quoted as saying.
El-Deeb is a prominent lawyer in Egypt. He was late ex-president Hosni Mubarak’s lead defense lawyer.
The horrific attack was captured on CCTV.
In the footage, Naira’s killer punches her in the head as she gets off the bus on June 20 to sit her final exams.
As she falls to the ground, he jumps on her, repeatedly stabbing her in the neck.
After her throat was slit, Naira died on the spot as angry passers-by seized the knifeman when he tried to flee.
It later emerged that the killer had stalked the student on Facebook and had resolved to kill her after she ghosted him on the social platform and refusing to marry him.
The last time a capital punishment was aired on public TV was in 1998, when state television broadcast the execution of three men who were found guilty of killing a woman and her two children at their home in the capital, Cairo.
In the northeast African country, the method of execution for civilian convictions is hanging.
In recent months, high-profile femicides across Egypt have stirred up a great deal of rage.
Patriarchal laws and, in some communities, strict interpretations of Islam have made it difficult for women to exercise their rights.
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