Egyptian prosecution charges husband of TV presenter Shaimaa Gamal with premediated murder

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Jul 2022

The Egyptian Public Prosecution has referred Ayman Haggag, the husband of murdered TV presenter Shaimaa Gamal, and another defendant to criminal trial on charges of premeditated murder.

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TV Presenter Shaimaa Gamal. Still image

 

The crime of premeditated murder is punishable by death penalty in Egypt.

Haggag, a judicial authority member, had planned to kill Gamal after she threatened to reveal their secrets and asked for money to remain silent about them, the prosecution said in a statement on Thursday.

Hussein El-Gharably, a company owner and the second defendant, accepted an offer from the husband to cooperate in killing Gamal, the prosecution said.

Planning to take his wife's life, Haggag and El-Gharably dug a grave in a remote farm that they rented to kill her in, then hide her body, the prosecution said.

On the day of the crime, the husband lured Gamal to the farm, where the second defendant was also waiting, then surprised her with a hit on her head by the using a gun butt.

When victim fell down, the husband strangled her with his hand and a piece of cloth, while the second defendant held her to paralyse her movement until they made sure she passed away.

The two defendants put the victim in chains, placed her in the grave they dug and poured an incendiary material on her to mutilate her body so she unrecognizable, the prosecution said.

Forensic reports have confirmed that the death was caused by strangulation, the prosecution said. Examination also proved that the cloth that the defendants used to kill Gamal had their genetic fingerprints.

Moreover, it was proven that the SIM cards of the victim and the defendants, which they used on the day of the crime, were within the geographical scope of the cell tower located near the aforementioned farm.

The prosecution’s accusations for the two defendants were based on the testimonies of 10 witnesses and the confessions of the two defendants, the prosecution noted.

Investigations also found that the husband is suspected of committing other crimes, the prosecution said, noting that it would investigate them separately.

Gamal was known for her programme El-Moshagheba (The Troublemaker) on LTC TV satellite channel. She also worked for Al-Hadath Al-Youm satellite channel.

Late in June, the Ministry of Interior announced arresting the husband in Suez city less than a week after the prosecution found the body of the victim.

The husband had earlier reported that Gamal went missing in front of a commercial complex in 6 October city in Giza.

Relatives of the victim said she disappeared from the complex after being last seen in the company of her husband.

The prosecution then announced that the body of the TV presenter was found after the second man – who affirmed that he was close to the victim’s husband – willingly offered his testimony to the prosecution.

The man said he witnessed the crime and claimed that the husband killed Gamal over differences between them. He informed the prosecution of the place where Gamal's body was buried. 

The prosecution said it obtained authorisation from the judicial authority, which employs the husband, to lift his immunity and take measures against him.

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