Egypt: Executioner of 1,070 People Hussein Qarni Ashmawy Dies

Egypt: Executioner of 1,070 People Hussein Qarni Ashmawy Dies


Egyptian executioner of 1,070 People in Egyptian Hussein Qarni Ashmawy who hanged more than a thousand prisoners dies

According to Arab media reports, Hussein Qarni was born in 1947 in Samnud Tehsil of Al-Gharbiya Al-Kabra Province. He had memorized many verses of the Holy Qur’an.



After completing his primary education, he joined the Department of Prisons. And in 1980 worked as an assistant to the executioner named Ahmed Ashmawi.

In an interview in 2020, after he received the accolade, he explained: “The title of Ashmawy was applied to the executioners since 1922 until it became an adjective for that profession,” adding that people were “always terrified of my profession.”

“I’ve executed numerous public figures, one of whom was the female spy, Heba Salem, who was the main cause of the Bahr Al-Baqar primary school massacre,” he noted. The massacre took place in the Egyptian village of Bahr Al-Baqar, where the Israeli air force targeted a primary school on 8 April 1970, leaving 46 children dead and 50 others wounded. The school was completely demolished.

Initially, he worked to bring a prisoner out of his cell, to control him, and to get him to the gallows.