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Egypt court affirms death sentence on Supreme Court judge for killing his TV presenter wife

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An Egyptian on Sunday, affirmed the death sentence passed on a Supreme Court Judge, Ayman Hagag, who was charged with killing his television-presenter wife, Shaimaa Gamal.

While confirming the death sentence earlier passed on Hagag in August for the murder of Gamal last June, the court said the state had proven that he was guilty as charged.

Hagag’s co-accused was also sentenced to death with the court saying that the first convict intended to get rid of Gamal because she was threatening him by disclosing his secrets and asked the second convict to murder her for a sum of money.

“The two convicts reportedly lured Gamal to farm where they committed their crime under the pretext of seeing it to buy it. They hit her on the head, suffocated her to death, and then buried her,” the Public Prosecutor told the court.

The Prosecution has announced in June that it was launching a probe into the murder of Gamal after her husband, a senior member of the Egyptian Judicial Authority, reported that she is missing.

The husband had told the prosecution that his wife disappeared outside a commercial complex in October City in Giza without accusing anyone.

The Prosecution also told the court that an eyewitness had expressed willingness to the prosecution to give his testimony about the incident, saying he maintained a close relationship with the husband of Gamal.

“The person said the husband got involved in the murder of Gamal over a an argument between them, affirming that he watched the circumstances of the murder and knows the place where Gamal is buried,” the court heard.

The prosecution said it then obtained permission from the judicial authority where the husband works to start investigations in the incident and ordered his arrest, while further investigations led to the discovery of Gamal’s body after being guided by the witness.

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Inflation rate rise to all time high at 9.6% in Algeria in three years

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For the first time in three years, the inflation rate in Algeria has risen to an all time high of 9.6 per cent at the end of August, in what economists in the North African country say is as a result of rise in the prices of basic commodities globally and its impact on local markets.

The Deputy Director-General of the Algerian National Office of Statistics, Hamid Zaydouni, who disclosed this during a hearing at the Finance Committee of the People’s National Assembly on Thursday, said Algerian market recorded an inflation rate of 7.23 per cent during 2021, the highest in nearly three years.

“Algeria is witnessing an unprecedented rise in the prices of various products, some of which have increased by more than 100 per cent, amid warnings by consumer protection associations that the rise would weaken people’s purchasing power,” Zaydouni said.

“Over the past three years, the inflation rate in Algeria ranged between 3.5 and 7.5 per cent.

“The high prices have affected subsidised goods such as cooking oils, semolina and farina,” he added.

Zaydouni added that from 2021, the inflation rate of 7.2% was calculated but the average inflation rate has been 8.8% per year since then.

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2019, most African countries have been on the threshold of rising inflation as global economy had experienced enormous pressure.

The war between Russia and Ukraine which broke out in February has also contributed to the economic crisis in the continent with inflation growing at an alarming rate, often forcing countries to raise interest rates, hoping to slow down the inflation which has continued to rise to all time high.

According to statista.com, the “overall inflation rate in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2022 is expected to grow today whopping 12.2 percent, with the surge following a global tendency, as consumer prices soar all over the world, impacting advanced as well as emerging and developing economies.”

As at August, Sudan had the highest inflation in Africa as of 2022 with the rate reaching 245 percent.

Sudan is closely followed by Zimbabwe with the second-highest inflation on the African continent, averaging 90 percent.

Countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, Tunisia, Kenya, amongst others have had to raise their interest rates at some point due to inflation.

 

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Egyptian police officers jailed six years for torturing man to death

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Two Egyptian policemen who tortured a civilian to death in their custody have been sentenced to six years in prison by a court on Thursday.

The convicts were found guilty of murdering Mahmoud Khamis Gaber while he was in police custody, by a Minya Criminal Court which also heard that the torture included electric shocks and sexual abuse on the victim in 2019.

The victim’s lawyer told the court that Gaber was arrested after public prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for him following accusations that he possessed a firearm and ammunition without a licence.

The court was told that he was tortured to death in an effort to get him to confess to the possession of an unlicensed weapon.

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