08 November 2022 :
An Egyptian court on 7 November 2022 upheld the death sentence for a man who murdered a university student in the agricultural province of Sharqia.
Islam Mohamed was found guilty of stabbing his classmate Salma Bahgat in the city of Zagazig in August after she repeatedly rejected his romantic advances. The incident shook the nation.
Though the court had already issued the death penalty, the ruling had been under review by the country’s Grand Mufti since October, a routine step in Egypt.
A court official said in October that Mohamed was given a psychiatric evaluation by medical professionals who determined he was sane when committing his crime, making him fully responsible for the premeditated murder. He also announced his intent to carry out the murder on social media hours before committing the crime.
A forensics report at the time of the murder showed that Bahgat, who was killed at the entrance of a building in Zagazig, was stabbed 31 times.
Security camera footage showed the killer pacing in the lobby, holding the knife he used to kill Bahgat while her body could be seen on the floor behind him. There were more than 15 eyewitnesses.