Court to issue verdict in dog torture case March 11

CAIRO: A verdict will be issued against four men charged with torturing a dog to death March 11, and the defendants will remain in detention until the ruling.

In the case four defendants are accused of torturing and killing a dog; the acts were captured on video and went viral on social media. The gruesome content of the video was met by huge outrageous and demands to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The crime took place last week in Al-Ahram St. in Shubra el-Kheema district when men appeared to stab the dog Max several times to death  in what was claimed as act of revenge after the animal had bitten them several months prior.

The prosecution accused the four men appeared in the video of torturing and killing a dog. Three of the defendants were present, while the dog’s owner Sayed was absent, during the first court hearing in the case on Wednesday.

Investigations into the case said that Sayed, the dog’s owner and his friend took Max with them with the intent to rob a shop, and that when another man defended the shop owner; Max bit the man in his genitals.

However, Sayed’s narration to a talk show was that he was involved in a fight and crowd of people gathered to assault him; then he released the dog to defend himself and to scare the crowd.

He also said that he was forced to agree to a deal set by the other men in return to avoid a prison sentence after a suit was filed against him. The deal was to give the dog to the men after they insisted to revenge by killing it.

Sayed is also facing charges in a separate case, where he is charged of armed robbery through using his dog to terrorize people. On Wednesday, a misdemeanor court sentenced him to life in prison in absentia.

Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi and Mohamed Kassim

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