Mariam, the victim- the photo courtesy of her Facebook page
CAIRO- 26 November 2020: A Cairo Criminal Court handed down on Wednesday a sentence of death against two men charged with killing a girl in Maadi district, southern Cairo, in a case dubbed in media as “Girl of Maadi.”
The court filed the case to the Egyptian Grand Mufti to ask his advisory religious opinion on executing the two men. It also set December 30, 2020, for a final ruling concerning the case after taking the Mufti’s opinion.
In late October 2020, Egyptian Top prosecutor Hamada el-Sawi ordered to refer the two men and a third man, to criminal court.
Mariam, the 24-year-old victim, was killed in Cairo’s Al-Maadi district after a mugger in a microbus yanked her backpack, causing her head to smash with a nearby car, the Egyptian Public Prosecution said, citing an eyewitness. The second convict was driving the microbus.
Two convicts were hiding weapons. The prosecution revealed that this crime was associated with another felony that took place at the same time and place.
The prosecution accused the third man of participating and assisting the two others in the murder.
The evidence collected by the prosecution about the incident was based on testimonies of seven eye-witnesses, who identified the driver of the microbus that killed the girl.
An eyewitness told the prosecution he saw Mariam talking to another girl just before a microbus with its rear license plate scrapped off came close to them.
The victim passed away after the ambulance vehicle arrived half an hour after the incident.
The prosecution further received information about the microbus used in the incident from investigations carried out by the police at the crime site.
Two of the accused acknowledged their involvement in the crime, and that the microbus belongs to the third defendant, who denied all charges.