Egypt court starts hearings in murder of engineering student by OLX sellers

An Egyptian court on Saturday started hearings into the killing of an engineering student by OLX online marketplace sellers that occurred in Cairo’s al-Nozha neighborhood earlier this month.

The Children’s Criminal Court on Saturday postponed the session for trying two 18-year-old suspects to March 31 to allow more time for studying the case.

A young Egyptian engineering student was stabbed to death as he was buying a used laptop through the popular online marketplace OLX, according to police investigations, which found that the sellers posted a fake ad in order to rob the victim.

Engineering student Mohamed Abdel Aziz was reported missing on March 7, after which police found his body in a deserted area of Cairo’s al-Nozha neighborhood. The police heard the victim’s father who said that his son was searching for a used laptop online, and found one through an advertisement on OLX with a good price and seemingly good quality.

The police managed to arrest two suspected in the killing the 25-year-old. The suspects confessed to having posted a fake laptop ad online and said that the victim contacted them and they agreed on the deal.

According to the investigations, the victim told the suspects upon meeting him after they threatened to rob him that he recognized their faces and that he would report them to the police. They then stabbed him to death and stole his money and mobile phone.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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