Mohamed Barakat Biography — Wiki
Mohamed Barakat is a British pilot who is reportedly accused of beating his one-year-old baby girl to death in a five-star hotel. His wife, Madina Barakat, has claimed he ‘would never hurt my own daughter’, a court heard. Airbus captain Mohamed Barakat faces a life sentence if convicted by a judge in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Mohamed is accused of murdering his daughter Sophia by banging her against a wall in a drunken rage at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel in Almaty after a night out.
Mohamed Barakat Age
Mohamed Barakat is 42 years old while Madina Barakat is 23 years old.
Madina Barakat tells Kazakhstan court she wants to have ‘new babies’ with Mohamed Barakat
Kazakhstan state prosecutors have called for a life sentence for Mohamed Barakat. The commercial pilot pleads not guilty of murder and claims he is a long-standing sufferer of epilepsy who had a ‘seizure’, causing an ‘accident’ that killed the British baby at the prestigious hotel.
He is supported by his Kazakh wife Madina who changed her initial testimony to plead with the judge not to jail him and says she wants to have ‘new babies’ with the accused man. A hotel employee said that when she brought the motionless and blue-colored baby down to the hotel lobby from the couple’s room.
Madina shouted: ‘He killed my child, he hit her.’
But she told judge Bakhytkhan Bakirbayev: ‘You would probably think what kind of woman am I who protects her spouse who allegedly killed the child.
‘However, this was not an intentional crime, he is not simply capable of causing harm, especially to Sophia.’
Barakat told the judge before he retired to consider his verdict: ‘I was the first person who saw Sophia coming into this world.
‘We used to go to (her room) to smell her and watch her sleeping. I was going to teach her how to fly.’
He continued: ‘I dreamed about Sophia two days ago. When I dream I always hug her and she always kisses me. I still remember the feel of her skin.
‘Just because you have the power to put me in prison, that doesn’t mean you have the power to make me guilty. It means you will put an innocent man in prison.
‘The judge asked me – ‘Do you want me to find you innocent’. That was his question. I am innocent.
‘Madina knows I am innocent. My family knows I’m innocent. The lawyers who stood with me – they know I’m innocent.’
What we know so far about Mohamed Barakat
His legal team told the court there had been dozens of procedural errors in the investigation and court process which had been unfair to the British man.
His sister Sara strongly criticized the investigation, and told the court by video link from Britain that he ‘must have suffered a seizure’.
She said: ‘We have no doubts in our minds or in our hearts that he is innocent.’
Wife Madina told the court she had been put under intolerable pressure by police investigators when she was in emotional turmoil about the loss of her child.
‘I have no claims against my spouse Mohamed Barakat,’ she said. ‘He could not hurt our child and moreover, he was not capable of committing the crime.
New footage emerged from the trial earlier this month, which shows Madina carrying her ‘motionless’ child into a five-star lobby.
One-year-old Sophia – ‘always smiling’ according to a court witness who saw her before the tragedy – was ‘blue’ and ‘not breathing’.
Madina pleaded with staff at the InterContinental Hotel in Almaty for assistance, briefly laying her daughter on the reception counter in CCTV footage revealed as part of her British husband’s murder trial. The Kazakh mother sank to the floor and had to be helped up by a hotel security man who called an ambulance.
Madina then carried the child to a sofa in the lobby but collapsed on the floor.
The hotel staff gave evidence that at the time she blamed her husband, Airbus 330 captain Mohamed Barakat, 41, shouting: ‘He killed my child, he hit her.’
He previously worked as a pilot for the low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia.
Barakat also alleged that a senior police investigator attempted to bribe him, demanding $60,000 to switch the charge against him from murder to causing the child’s accidental death on 24 October 2019. Barakat also alleged the senior police investigator on the murder probe ‘asked me for $60,000 to reclassify the case’.
The same detective had concluded the death was an ‘accident’ yet also demanded $1,000 in cash from Madina so that she could speak to him in police detention, the suspect claimed. ‘It is an absolute disgrace,’ he said.
Madina rescinded an earlier statement and strongly denied she now blamed Barakat for killing their daughter.