Egypt’s Minister of Immigration and Egyptians Abroad Nabila Makram admitted, on Saturday, that her son is being tried by the US judiciary for murder in the United States.
The Minister said that she and her family are “in great distress and are going through a difficult time after her son was accused of murder in the United States.”
Through a Facebook post on her account, Nabila asserted that this accusation is before an American court, and a final ruling has not been issued so far.
“Whatever the consequences, as a minister, I bear my full responsibility towards my position, and I separate between what is personal and what is public,” she added.
She also asked for prayers for her family and her son in this calamity as well as the victims.
The minister called on all media outlets to strive for accuracy in what they publish and take into account honesty and humanity while dealing with an ordeal facing an Egyptian family awaiting a verdict.
Earlier on Friday, several US press reports talked about the crime, noting that a US court had set 17 June as the date for issuing its verdict.
Rami Hani Munir Fahim, 26, a resident of Irvine, California, was charged with murdering in special circumstances his co-worker and his roommate in their Anaheim apartment in mid-April, according to Todd Spitzer, an attorney for Orange County in California, who confirmed these charges makes Fahim “eligible for the death penalty”.
Fahim is accused of stabbing a Pence co-worker, Griffin Cuomo, 23, to death and then stabbing his roommate, Jonathan Pam, 23, to death in their apartment on Katilla Street in Anaheim around 6:30 a.m. on the same day.
One of the building’s guards met Fahim on the rooftop of the victims’ apartment complex around midnight on 18 April, just hours before the crime, Spitzer said.
Fahim was also seen on the same floor of the victim’s apartment on the morning of the murder.
The Anaheim Police Department said on 20 April in a press release that Fahim was still inside the victims’ apartment and “suffered a minor injury” when Anaheim Police answered the 911 (emergency number) call, in which the caller confirmed an altercation inside one of the apartments.
The police department added that he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and then “interrogated by the homicide investigators who arrested Fahim on charges of killing the two victims.”
It continued: “A knife believed to have been used in the murders was found at the crime scene, and Fahim’s car was found nearby, which the APD has seized as evidence.”
“The cruel way in which two young men’s lives ended cannot be ignored, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that justice is served,” Spitzer said in a statement.
One of the victims, Cuomo, worked as a marketing/media assistant for Pence Wealth Management, according to the company’s website, while Fahim worked as a research associate at the same company, according to his LinkedIn profile.