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Death of a Criminal



Translated By Priscilla Adum


The below news story appeared in the newspaper Al Ahram on Saturday December 9, 1905. A woman named Baheya who was connected to the incident inspired modern-day songs with "Baheya" in the name.



The Death of a Criminal

Khafr El Sawahel Killed the Outlaw Yassin Hasen el Aabadi

Aswan and Qena Are Now Free of his Crimes

Regarding the incident, the government stated that el-Aabadi had committed theft twice on the 28th of August and had also murdered a member of the police force in Aswan. In November he commited armed robbery in Qena, then escaped to the hills. The police ordered a manhunt and a group of the Khafr el Sawahel located him in Aswan. When they attempted to apprehend him, el-Aabadi opened fire on them and injured some of their camels. They responded with gunfire, and they shot and killed him.

Death of a Criminal



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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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