Egypt court confirms death penalty for man who murdered Nayera Ashraf

Millions of Egyptians have been following the case since graphic videos of Nayera's murder on a busy street was widely shared online

Egyptian Mohamed Adel, accused of the murder of university of Mansoura student Nayera Ashraf, is pictured during his first trial session at the Mansoura courthouse, some 145km north of the capital Cairo, on June 26, 2022. AFP
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An Egyptian court on Wednesday confirmed the death sentence it passed a week ago against a man accused of the brutal murder of a female university student in the northern city of Mansoura, a crime that caused a public outrage.

The Mansoura Criminal Court last week referred the case of Mohamed Adel – who had pleaded guilty to killing Mansoura University student Nayera Ashraf – to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, a procedural step that effectively means that the court passed a death sentence.

As head of the country’s highest authority on Islamic law, the Grand Mufti has the right to approve or reject the passing of a death sentence. However, his opinion is not binding.

Adel has the right to appeal his death sentence before a higher court.

The case has gained instant national attention because of a graphic video purporting to show Adel while slitting Ms Ashraf's throat on a busy Mansoura street was widely shared online.

The crime also triggered a debate on violence against women was increasing in Egypt and what needs to be done to curb it.

Updated: July 06, 2022, 9:21 AM