Egyptian Mohamed Adel (C), the presumed murderer of university of Mansoura student Naira Ashraf, is surrounded by guards during as he is taken out of the defender s box, after his first trial session at the Mansoura courthouse, some 145km north of the capital Cairo, on June 26, 2022. AFP
Doing so would help deter such crimes in the future, especially as Egypt has suffered a rash of violent crimes recently, the court said in its verdict issued earlier this month, which was released to the public on Sunday.
On 6 July, the court issued its death penalty verdict against Mohamed Adel, a 21-year-old student at the Faculty of Arts Mansoura University, for stabbing Ashraf to death outside the university campus on 20 June.
The verdict, which is not yet final and can be appealed, came following approval by Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawky Alam, as per Egyptian penal code.
The preliminary court session sentenced Adel to death on 28 June, in a historically short trial just days following Ashraf’s death, as the incident rocket the country after going viral on social media and sparked wide outrage across the Middle East.
During the trial, the prosecution presented to the court 25 eyewitnesses, including students and university guards who witnessed the stabbing.
Furthermore, the prosecution presented the testimonies of the victim's friends and colleagues, all of whom testified that the accused stalked and threatened the victim after she rejected his marriage proposal.
The prosecution also stated that Nayera's family had previously filed several complaints at local police stations against the accused.
Footage from surveillance cameras around the university were introduced as an evidence, showing the defendant stabbing the victim multiple times and slitting her throat.
The defendant’s well-known lawyer Farid El-Deeb, who was the lead defence lawyer for late ex-President Hosni Mubarak, has previously said “we still have 60 days to challenge death sentence against Adel.”
Adel confessed to the crime, with his defense lawyer arguing for a lesser sentence on the grounds that it did not meet the bar for intentional murder.
According to the court referral, the defendant intended to kill the victim on her final day of exams in the academic year to guarantee that she would be on the premises of the university.