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Egyptian man executed one year after brutal killing of Nayera Ashraf

The killing sent shockwaves across the country, prompting calls to carry out the death sentence.
Nayera Ashraf

On Wednesday, Egypt's prison authorities executed a man who was convicted of killing a 21-year-old woman last June.

Mohammed Adel, 22, was executed in Gamasa Prison in the Dakahlia governorate in northeast Egypt after the Court of Cassation in February upheld the death sentence issued against him.

On June 20, 2022, Adel approached fellow student Nayera Ashraf near Mansoura University, severely beat her and stabbed her multiple times. Videos of the crime showed Ashraf fighting for her life as bystanders tried to help her. Adel was waving his knife and threatening her friends before he slit her throat, ending her life.

Adel was immediately arrested and referred to Mansoura Criminal Court for the premeditated murder of Ashraf. According to a statement by the prosecutor’s office, the young man confessed to the killing over a dispute with Ashraf after she rejected his marriage proposal. On July 6, 2022, the court sentenced Adel to death after listening to the testimonies of 25 people, including students and university guards who witnessed the stabbing.

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