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CAIRO – 4 February 2019: A criminal court in Egypt's Delta governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh referred Ahmed Abdullah Zaki, a doctor convicted of killing his wife and three children, to the Grand Mufti to decide whether he should be sentenced to death.
According to the Egyptian law, capital sentences must be referred to the Grand Mufti, the country's highest Islamic legal official, for consultation before they can take place. The Mufti's decision is non-binding though.
The court said it will issue its verdict in March.
Kafr El-Sheikh Police Investigation Department said it has unveiled the mystery of the murder of a four-member family whose bodies were found slain inside their home in the Nile Delta city in the wee hours of the New Year.
A 42-year-old man reported the murder of his wife and three children, 8, 6 and 4 years of age after he discovered their bodies when he got home from work.
Police forces and crime scene investigators headed to the apartment and did not find any signs of violent breaking into the place and everything seemed normal.
After showering the husband with questions, he confessed the crime which he claimed was due to problems with his wife that left him insane and made him kill his family on New Year's Eve.
The husband acted the crime and was referred to the prosecution for further questioning.
Additional reporting by MENA