One of the most horrific stories to come out of Egypt was revealed on an Egyptian talk show on Channel TeN called ‘Public Opinion’.
The details of the gory story have prompted the Egyptians to call it ‘Crime of all crimes’.
In the talk show, a woman, Hala Ali, accused a man of killing his three children with the help of his two wives.
Hala told the presenter of the show that she was the landlord of the Cairo apartment in which Ahmad lived with his two wives.
The man was apparently a metro driver.
In her shocking revelations, Hala said that Ahmad forced his second wife to drown her children in a bucket of water with the help of his first wife.
The killings occurred over the past two years. Each time, he threw the bodies into a water canal. He documented the murders on video and at one point blinded the second wife as well.
Reports of preliminary investigations revealed that the story was true and that Ahmad had a fight with his younger wife after which he allegedly forced her to murder the children by drowning them in a bucket of water.
Ahmad also videotaped the murder to blackmail her and to prevent her from going to the police.
He also physically assaulted and abused his wife to the extent that he gouged out her eyes and blinded her.
Ahmad and both his wives are currently under custody until the investigations are completed.
Hala, the landlady of the flat where the crimes took place, said her interaction with the family for the last two years was limited to collecting rent and money for utility bills.
She added that she sensed something was wrong when she went to the apartment to tell the family that she would not renew their lease that supposed to end in February.
Hala said, “When I was talking to him, his second wife Imane stepped out of one of the rooms. Her head was shaved, her hands and arms showed torture marks, and her eyes – I couldn’t bear looking at them. They looked so horrible. She was blind and I left in a haste.”
In February when they were supposed to be leaving the apartment, while Hala was coming down the stairs, she found Imane sitting on the stairs shivering.
That’s when she took her in and made her feel safe and asked her the whereabouts of her children.
“According to Imane, the first wife, who had no children, was jealous of her and her children. She tried to get the husband on her side by promising to register one apartment in his name. She also promised to buy him a minibus and [put aside] a large amount of money in a bank account for him. However, she had a condition that all this won’t happen if his children are to inherit his possessions. Her money can’t go to Imane and her children,” Hala said in the talk show.
Imane had only two girls at the time of this incident.
“Ahmad and his first wife brought a bucket filled with water and made Imane sit on a plastic chair next to it. They then forced her to drown her children – first the younger girl Diana, 2, and then Malak, 3 – all the while videotaping her actions. This was to implicate her in the crime in case one day she went to report the police of the truth,” said Hala.
A flash drive contacting the video recording of the murder was found in the apartment, according to police reports.
Hala added, “both the husband and his first wife wrapped the bodies and took them away.”
In 2017 the landlady says she saw that Imane was pregnant for the third time.
“Imane told me that she got pregnant again after the first crime. Her husband and first wife tried to beat her to induce abortion but it didn’t work. So they kept her in the apartment till she gave birth, they didn’t register the boy’s birth and made her drown him in the same manner,” Hala said.
As a punishment for her pregnancy, Imane was tied up, beaten, tortured with knives and electricity by the couple, and her husband gouged out her eyes.