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Egypt prosecutor-general refers father accused of killing his two children to criminal court

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Sep 2018
Egypt's public prosecutor Nabil Sadek (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadiq referred a 33-year-old man from Dakahliya governorate to criminal court on Sunday over the murder of his two children in August.

Two weeks ago, the bodies of the two children, Rayan and Mohamed, aged three and five, were found dead in the Nile outside of Faraskur City in the Damietta governorate.

According to a six minute video released by the Ministry of Interior, the father, Mahmoud Nazmy, confessed to throwing the children into the river, while under the influence of drugs, for being an annoyance.

The video shows the father saying that unstable relationship with his wife and her repeated accusations of his neglect of his fatherly duties pushed him to commit the crime. 

Prior to his arrest the day after the bodies were found, the father claimed that his two kids disappeared while he was chatting with an old acquaintance during the Eid al-Adha holiday.

However, according to the authorities, Nazmy fled during the children's funeral, raising suspicions that prompted police to question him and eventually elicit a confession.

The interior ministry stated that the man suffers from a disturbed personality and a drug problem.

The ministry also announced the existence of witnesses who attested to seeing the suspect and his two children on the way from their hometown of Meet Salseel in Dakahliya to Faraskur in Damietta. 

The ministry also said that they had tracked and triangulated phone calls the father made from his cellular phone, which place him in Faraskur the day of the crime.

The forensic department released a toxicology report showing traces of the banned pain killer Tramadol and hashish in Nazmy’s system the day of the murder. 

The department also said the cause of death for both children was asphyxiation due to drowning.

On Tuesday, hundreds of residents in Meet Salseel protested in front of the father's house, demanding a re-investigation into the incident and the crimes he is accused of. 

The residents were driven by social media reports alleging that the father was pressured to confess to killing his children under threats from unknown parties who were involved in the crime.

Dozens of the protesters were subsequently arrested for illegally demonstrating.

On Sunday, several talk shows and media outlets circulated a one minute video from a gas station’s CCTV reportedly showing the father riding in his vehicle along with his two children minutes before he arrived at the crime scene. 

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