Egyptian Minister's Son Faces Death Penalty for Allegedly Killing 2 in California

The son of Egypt's immigration minister is facing the death penalty after being accused of the premeditated murder of two young men in California.

Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, who lives in Irvine, California, is accused of stabbing his co-worker and a roommate to death in nearby Anaheim in Orange County at around 6.30 a.m. on April 19.

The suspect is the son of Nabila Makram, Egypt's minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs.

Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim
Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, is the son of Nabila Makram, Egypt's minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs. Fahim is charged with double murder for allegedly stabbing two men to death in Anaheim, California, on April 19, 2022. Anaheim Police Department/Zenger

The Egyptian embassy in the U.S. is involved in the case, and Fahim is next expected to appear at the Supreme Court of California on June 17.

After Fahim, a wealth management executive, was charged with double murder last month, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement on April 22: "A 26-year-old man has been charged with special circumstances murders for stabbing his co-worker to death and then stabbing his co-worker's roommate to death in their Anaheim apartment early Tuesday morning.

"The special circumstances of lying in wait and multiple murders make him eligible for the death penalty.

"Ramy Hany Mounir Fahim, 26, of Irvine, has been charged with two counts of murder, and two enhancements each of lying in wait, multiple murders, and the personal use of a deadly weapon.

"Fahim is accused of stabbing his co-worker, 23-year-old Griffin Cuomo, to death and then stabbing Cuomo's roommate, 23-year-old Jonathan Bahm, to death in their Katella Avenue apartment in Anaheim at around 6:30 a.m. on April 19, 2022. Cuomo and Fahim worked together at an Orange County wealth management company.

"Fahim was still inside the victims' apartment when Anaheim police responded to a 911 call."

Jonathan Bahm and Griffin Cuomo
Jonathan Bahm (left) and Griffin Cuomo (right), both 23, were found stabbed to death in their Anaheim, California, apartment on April 19, 2022. @jonathan.bahm.1 and Zenger

In a statement last week, the suspect's politician mother said: "My family and I are going through a severe ordeal, and we are going through a difficult time following the accusation of my son of committing a murder in the US.

"This accusation is being overseen before an American court, and a conclusive ruling has not yet been issued.

"Doing my duties as a minister in the Egyptian government does not conflict at all with me being a believing mother who bravely faces the plight of her son.

"Whatever the consequences, as a minister, I take full responsibility for my position and the requirements of working with it, and I clearly differentiate between what is personal and what is public."

The case is ongoing. Fahim has reportedly not entered a plea to the charges.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.