Egypt's Court of Cassation (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt’s Court of Cassation on Sunday upheld a death sentence for a man convicted of murdering Alexandria liquor store owner Youssef Lamei.
The court's decision confirmed the death sentence by rejecting an appeal from the 48-year-old man Adel Abdel-Nour, known as Assaliya.
Sunday’s decision, which cannot be appealed, comes nearly a year after an Alexandria criminal court sentenced Abdel-Nour to death a few months after the same court issued a preliminary death sentence pending the non-binding consultative opinion of the country’s grand mufti, as per Egypt's penal code.
Footage of the killing went viral on social media last year. In the video, the bearded Abdel-Nour slashes the storeowner's throat twice from behind with a knife as the victim was smoking hookah in front of his store.
Investigators at the time said Abdel-Nour confessed to the killing, and said that he had warned Lamei against selling alcohol multiple times.
The sale of alcohol in Egypt is permitted and regulated by state authorities.