Egypt court confirms prison terms for 3 men convicted of accidentally killing teen with celebratory gunfire

Ahram Online , Monday 13 May 2019

13-year-old boy Youssef El-Araby (Facebook)
The late 13-year-old boy Youssef El-Araby (Facebook)

A Giza criminal court has confirmed a May 2018 criminal court sentence of seven years in prison against three men who were convicted of accidently killing a 13-year-old with a stray bullet from celebratory gunfire.

The three convicted men – a student, a sacked policeman, and the son of a former parliamentarian – were sentenced to prison in absentia in May 2018 on manslaughter and illegal weapons possession charges and fined EGP 20,000.

The suspects' celebratory gunfire at a wedding in 6 October City accidentally killed 13-year-old Youssef El-Arabi in 2017.

Youssef's mother, Marwa Qenawy, has been campaigning to demand justice for her son since his death.

El-Arabi was struck in the head by the stray bullet as he stood with his friends in front of a popular restaurant in 6 October City's Al-Hosari Square. He fell into a coma and died two weeks later.

Celebratory gunfire is a common tradition in Egyptian weddings, especially in Upper Egypt and rural areas.

The defendants can appeal the court's verdict once they are in custody.

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