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Murder Dies in Egyptian Prison

October 19, 2002

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ A man convicted of killing his estranged wife, dumping her body and fleeing to Egypt was found dead in his prison cell.

Ziad Akari, 45, died Thursday morning in his prison cell in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Chief Deputy Coroner Joseph P. Dominick said.

Dominick said the cause of death was uncertain. A toxicology report was expected in eight to 10 weeks.

``He was just lying on his bed. He appeared to be asleep,″ said prison spokeswoman Carol Scire.

Akari was convicted this summer of killing his wife, Reem Akari, at her apartment in June 2000. He fled the country after leaving their two children with relatives in Virginia.

Her body was found in a rural part of Lebanon County, after police received directions from Ziad Akari through his brothers. He was arrested several weeks later in Egypt and extradited.

``Let’s just say I believe in destiny,″ said Reem Akari’s brother Samir Bdeir, who attended Akari’s trial.

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