Court sentences two people to three years in prison for death of Arish student

Ahram Online , El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 5 May 2024

The Criminal Court of North Sinai sentenced two people to three years in prison for their role in the tragic death of 19-year-old Arish University student Naira Salah El-Zoghby in late February.



Naira, a veterinary medicine student, reportedly ended her life after being threatened by two of her colleagues – the defendants – who threatened to expose personal information about her.

According to the investigation conducted by the prosecution, the victim faced psychological pressure after the first accused, a woman, threatened to publish some of Naira’s conversations that she had clandestinely obtained from Naira’s phone.

The defendant then shared the conversation with a male colleague who threatened to release the conversations and photos on the students’ Whatsapp group without explicitly referring to Naira.

The prosecution charged them in March with violating Naira's personal life, a misdemeanour.

Blackmail is a felony under Egyptian law and is sufficient to put perpetrators behind bars if convicted.

The sentence can be appealed.

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