A British captain is accused of murdering his daughter in a drunken rage by hitting her head against the walls of a five-star hotel in Kazakhstan.
The 41-year-old Airbus 330 pilot, Mohamed Barakat, is said to have beaten his young wife before fatally injuring his one-year-old child Sofia after drinking all night.
Barakat was arrested and charged after his distraught Kazakh wife Madina Abdullayeva, 22, entered the lobby of Almaty’s five-star Intercontinental Hotel “screaming for help.”
He faces twenty years in prison for murder, but claims that the case against him was “made up” by the Almaty police.
British pilot Mohamed Barakat, pictured with his Kazakh wife Madina Abdullayeva, is accused of killing his one-year-old daughter in a drunken rage
Barakat is accused of attacking his wife and then fatally injuring his daughter at the five-star Intercontinental hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan (photo)
Barakat is said to have attacked his daughter after returning from the hotel drinking room at seven in the morning, prompting his wife to call his airline to say he was “sick.”
The appeal to Hong Kong Airlines “ infuriated ” the pilot who started beating his wife, the prosecutors allege.
The recently revealed indictment alleges that Barakat repeatedly beat his wife on the head before escaping the hallway.
Sofia woke up because of her parents’ fight, and the pilot turned his anger at the one-year-old British citizen, according to a report by Astana TV.
“He walked over to the baby’s bed, took his daughter Sofia in his hands, and slapped her head against the walls and doors of the hotel room,” the indictment said.
“After making sure that Sofia Barakat showed no signs of life, he put her on the floor by the entrance door to the hotel room.”
Forensic experts found that the child sustained multiple injuries and had no chance of survival.
Her skull was broken and her brain was “crushed,” a virtual hearing said.
Barakat appeared in a video link hearing (pictured bottom left) alleging that his daughter’s skull had been broken and her brain had been ‘crushed’
However, Barakat’s family in England claims that he has faced “injustice, corruption and illegal investigation” in Kazakhstan.
“The case has been fabricated,” his lawyers said in a statement ahead of a further hearing that is expected to be postponed following a new blockage of the coronavirus in Kazakhstan.
“There is no undisputed and substantiated evidence in the criminal case to prove his guilt for the death of his only child.”
Lawyer Tair Nazkhanov said: “The forensics reports showed that there were no fingerprints and DNA from Mohamed on the child’s body, meaning he didn’t even touch the child that day.
“Almaty police inspected the hotel room with gross violations of Kazakhstan’s criminal procedural law.”
A blood sample in the luxury hotel room “did not belong to the child,” it is said.
Barakat was detained and charged after his distraught wife walked into the lobby of the Intercontinental hotel (photo) ‘screaming for help’
Barakat’s lawyers will demand that the case be returned to the prosecutor for further investigation, arguing that the police ignored other statements about the child’s death.
An earlier series of lawyers had suggested that Barakat accidentally fell on the child.
Barakat’s wife has “contact” with her husband, but was not allowed to see him before, sources say close to the case.
During the Covid-19 crisis, no prisoner visits are allowed in the 1,000-person prison – where there is a dreaded coronavirus outbreak. Barakat has been held since October.
A legal representative for Madina had previously said, “She was not in the room during the incident.
The couple argued and she ran down the hall. She does not know whether Mohamed deliberately harmed the child or not.
“We are waiting for the results of the investigation.”
The lawyer said, “Madina is in touch with Mohamed and she doesn’t want to imprison him at any cost.”