Egypt Executioner: Strangling 'Hobby' Since Childhood, 'I Love My Job'

Egypt Executioner: Strangling 'Hobby' Since Childhood, 'I Love My Job'

MEMRI: Hajj Abd Al-Nabi: I am the executioner of the Arab Republic of Egypt. I hold the rank of chief warrant officer in the police and the prison authority. I am Egypt’s executioner, responsible for carrying out the death penalty.

I love people, and people love me, but when I am doing my job, I am carrying out the law of Allah.

When it comes to carrying out our my job, I am tough. The murderer has done an abominable thing, and I cannot be soft with him. If I were soft towards this criminal, I wouldn’t be able to execute him, but when I’m at home, with my kids, I am as calm as can be.

I have placed [the noose] around some 800 heads – tough people, big people, young people… All the despicable crimes – killing, adultery, premeditated murder, and so on… I carry out all the death sentences.

In all honesty, I love my work. I just love it! I never say “no” when they need me at work. This is my work and my livelihood.

When I was young – about 13 or 14 years old – the dry Ismailiya Canal in Shubra Al-Kheima still had water in it. My hobby was to catch a cat, to place a rope around its neck, to strangle it, and throw it into the water. I would get hold of any animal – even dogs. I would strangle these animals and throw them into the water – even dogs.


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