Being responsible for placing a noose around at least 800 heads might give some people pause, but Egypt’s chief executioner is not one of those people.
In a video recently posted by The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Hajj Abd Al-Nabi, a chief warrant officer for the police and prison authority in Egypt, reveals that he absolutely loves his work.
“I love my work. I just love it!” he says in Arabic. “I never say ‘no’ when they need me to work. This is my work and my livelihood.”
“When it comes to carrying out 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.”
Taking pride in one’s work is of course, a good thing, but then the interview take a turn into the truly weird.
“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.”
Al-Nabi called strangling “a gift” he had, in addition to calling it his “hobby.”
You can view the full transcript and video at MEMRI.
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