Egypt's Court of Cassation upholds death sentence in killing of Alexandria liquor store owner

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Apr 2018

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.

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