The author of this article, Mohamed Elmeshad, claims to have met and become friends with a man who many would have called Cairo’s most dangerous and wanted criminal. Dying two days after imprisonment from what the guards described as a ‘suicide,’ Refaat Adbel Shakour Hassan and the author met at his wedding when he was thirty-three years old. Khanoufa was a small time drug dealer who apparently refused to bribe the police or work with bigger dealers, the combination of which may have gotten him in trouble and landed him in jail. The author details the psychology of man torn between criminal action and social awareness.
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