The Egyptian immigration minister’s son faces the death penalty after being accused of the premeditated murder of two young men in California.
Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, who lives in Irvine, Calif., is accused of stabbing to death his colleague and a roommate in nearby Anaheim, Orange County, around 6:30 a.m. on April 19.
The suspect is the son of Nabila Makram, the Egyptian Minister for Immigration and Emigration Affairs.
Anaheim Police Department/Zenger
The Egyptian embassy in the US is involved in the case and Fahim is expected to appear before the California Supreme Court on June 17.
After Fahim, an asset manager, was charged with double murder last month, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement on April 22, “A 26-year-old man has been charged with murder in special circumstances for killing his worker to death and then… stabbed his colleague’s roommate to death at their Anaheim apartment early Tuesday morning.
“The particular circumstances of the ambush and multiple murders make him eligible for the death penalty.
“Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, of Irvine, has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of augmentation, each with ambushes, multiple murders and personal use of a deadly weapon.
Fahim is accused of stabbing to death his colleague, 23-year-old Griffin Cuomo, and then Cuomo’s roommate, 23-year-old Jonathan Bahm, at their apartment on Katella Avenue in Anaheim around 6:30 a.m. on April 19, 2022. Cuomo and Fahim worked together at an Orange County wealth management company.
“Fahim was still at the victim’s home when the Anaheim Police Department responded to an 911 call.”
In a statement last week, the suspect’s politician mother said: “My family and I are going through a severe ordeal and we are going through a difficult time following my son’s allegations of murder in the United States.
“This allegation is being heard in an American court and a final judgment has not yet been rendered.
“Fulfilling my duties as a minister in the Egyptian government is in no way at odds with being a believing mother bravely facing the plight of her son.
“Whatever the consequences, as Minister I take full responsibility for my position and the demands of working with it, and I make a clear distinction between the personal and the public.”
The case is not yet closed. Fahim reportedly did not object to the charges.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
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