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Renowned lawyer files appeal in Naira Ashraf murder

Renowned Egyptian lawyer Farid al-Deeb on Saturday submitted a memorandum of cassation in the murder case of Naira Ashraf.

Deeb said last month that he didn’t withdraw his defense for Mohamed Adel, 22, the murderer of the Mansoura University student.

He filed the memorandum and the reasons for the appeal on Saturday to the Court of Cassation against the death sentence before the expiry of the 60-day legal period for appealing criminal sentences.

Adel killed his colleague at Faculty of Arts, Ashraf, at Mansoura University gate in broad daylight before the end-of-year exam on June 20.

The defendant stabbed the victim 19 times while trying to behead her.

The Mansoura Criminal Court on July 6 read its verdict against Adel, after a very short trial period which made headlines across the Arab world, and sentenced the defendant to death by hanging.

The court demanded that the legislator allow the death sentences be broadcast live, in order to deter any future incidents.

Adel had confessed in court to the crime, and was charged with “premeditated murder.”

The incident gained public attention after a video clip spread in June, showing Adel stabbing and slaying Ashraf to death, because of her refusal to marry him after he proposed to her.


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