Update, 24th August, 2023:
The accused doctor has been sentenced to life imprisonment for deliberately running over pharmacist Basma Ali, causing her death, and injuring her husband and children.
The accused faces charges of “premeditated murder and attempted murder” and has been placed under pretrial detention, pending the legal proceedings. The case is set to be referred to the Military Criminal Court for adjudication.
Prior to this announcement, the military spokesperson underscored the armed forces’ commitment to transparency, aiming to provide accurate information to the public while ensuring the ongoing investigations by relevant judicial authorities remain undisturbed.
The court’s decision serves as a stern reminder of the seriousness of reckless driving and its consequences. This incident highlights the importance of road safety. Further updates on this story may follow.
July 5th, 2023:
A shocking incident in Madinaty, a city in New Cairo, Egypt, has sparked outrage and social media uproar. The incident involves the intentional killing of a pharmacist by running her over in a private car.
The Incident and Eyewitness Accounts
The shocking incident occurred on Sunday morning when a pharmacist named Basma Ali Hassan was fatally struck by a private car in Madinaty, New Cairo. Disturbing footage of the incident went viral, which we will not be sharing here, and cautioning everyone about its graphic content.
Reports indicate that the collision involved a family comprising a father, a mother – the deceased pharmacist –, and their children.
The family, who lived in Kuwait, was on vacation in Egypt. Basma’s husband, Hamdan Zaki, is a veterinarian working for a pharmaceutical company in Kuwait. They have three children: Yassin, 11 years old; Noor, 9 years old; and the youngest, Ahmed, 7 years old.
According to local Egyptian media, their eldest son accidentally hit a car with his scooter in front of the neighboring villa, causing a scratch. The family went to apologize, but the accused driver came out, leading to a verbal altercation. He got into his car and intentionally ran over the family, resulting in the death of the mother, Basma, and serious injuries to the children. Hamdan sustained minor injuries.
Conflicting Narratives and Media Coverage
While the Egyptian Ministry of Interior denied rumors circulating on social media that the perpetrator was a police officer, news platforms such as “Sahih Masr” published contrasting details based on the victim’s husband’s testimony, Hamdan Zaki.
According to Zaki’s account, the incident followed a verbal altercation between the assailant, who is Zaki’s neighbor and a military doctor, and the victim’s family. Zaki vehemently refuted the media’s narrative, denying the officer’s accidental killing and the filing of any reports against him.
Military Prosecution and Accountability
In response to the incident, the Egyptian Armed Forces issued a statement through their official spokesperson, Colonel A.H. Gharib, affirming their commitment to upholding the rule of law. The statement revealed that a military report was filed, charging the perpetrator with intentional murder and attempted murder.
The accused has been detained pending trial by the military court for criminal offenses. The Armed Forces expressed their condolences to the victim’s family and extended wishes for the swift recovery of the injured parties.
Outrage and Solidarity from the Pharmacy Community
The General Union of Pharmacists in Egypt expressed deep sorrow and condolences for the loss of Dr. Basma Ali Hassan. They prayed for her soul’s eternal rest and supported her grieving family. The union also conveyed their wishes for the speedy recovery of the victim’s husband and their three children.
They assured their commitment to stand by the affected family during this painful time and vowed to closely monitor the investigation and trial proceedings against the perpetrator.
The intentional killing of pharmacist Basma Ali Hassan in Madinaty has sparked outrage and demands for justice across Egypt. The incident has shed light on the importance of accountability and the rule of law. The military prosecution has taken swift action, charging the assailant with intentional murder and attempted murder, which carries severe penalties under Egyptian law.
The pharmacy community stands in solidarity with the victim’s family, offering condolences and support. As the case unfolds, it remains crucial for justice to prevail, ensuring that the perpetrator is held accountable for his heinous actions.