Wife of Brit pilot carried daughter, one, into hotel lobby sobbing ‘he’s killed my child’ – World News

The wife of a British pilot carried her motionless one-year-old daughter from the lift into the foyer of a luxury hotel sobbing that her husband had “killed my child – he hit her”, a court was told.

Hong Kong Airlines captain Mohamed Barakat, 41, faces up to 20 years in a Kazakhstan jail if convicted of murdering their child named Sophia.

But his wife told the court how she was “threatened” with being made a murder suspect if she refused to testify against her “wonderful” British husband.

Barakat – who denies murder – claims he is not getting a fair trial in Kazakhstan.

Hotel security chief Madi Alimkhanov told the Almaty court that he had seen Barakat’s wife Madina, 22, carrying her British child who he believed to be dead.

Madina and Mohamed on their wedding day

The couple on holiday

“When I approached the reception, I saw a crying woman in whose arms was a child,” he said.

“The child was all blue, the eyes were closed.”

“The woman shouted: ‘He killed my child, he hit her’.”

Security then went to the room where the pilot was in the bathroom “screaming”.

When police entered the room soon afterwards, Barakat “was lying on his back…with his underpants on and looking away”, said Alimkhanov.

He “behaved aggressively, cursing in English.

“He was later taken away by police.”

The child’s head was banged against the walls and doors of his suite, claims the indictment.

Another hotel employee Miyat Yerkinov, a security shift supervisor, said he saw Madina “crying very loudly”.

“She said the girl had been killed, and that her husband could commit suicide”.

He told how he detained Barakat who had approached him with a piece of wood in his hotel room.

“I grabbed his right hand, swept it round, put him down on the floor and folded his arms back,” he said.

He used sticky tape to secure his hands before police arrived.


Alimkhanov’s testimony appeared to contradict Kazakh law enforcement allegations that Barakat had beaten his wife during a row which led to the British child’s death.

“She did not seem to have bruises or abrasions on her face, her clothes were not torn,” he said.

Madina and Barakat’s legal team have argued that Sophia’s death was “essentially an accident”, and suggested the evidence against the pilot was “fabricated” and riddled with errors.

An attempt by the defence to change the judge in the trial, Bakhytkhan Bakirbayev, failed.

Barakat has been held in custody in Kazakhstan for 11 months since his arrest at the five star Intercontinental Hotel in Almaty where Sophia died.

In an earlier hearing he told the court: “I completely reject the (murder) indictment.”

Forensic experts established the child suffered multiple injuries and had no chance of survival in their eighth floor room, a remote session of the court hearing was told.

Her skull was fractured and her brain “crushed”, it was reported.

Madina earlier told the court: “I have repeated many times that Mohamed could not have killed Sofia.

“From my statement it is clear that I was shocked, scared and stressed.

“I had lost my daughter under terrible circumstances, and I did not have a lawyer.

“The police took advantage of this, forced me to testify.

“They deprived me of the right not to testify against my husband.”

The pilot’s wife said she had been “threatened” by officials if she didn’t testify against her “wonderful” British husband.

“The prosecutors deliberately ignored my statement that I did not suspect Mohamed of murder,” she said.

He “would have never hurt Sofia”.

The pilot accused of murder “is a gentle and caring person, a wonderful husband and father.

“I love and respect Mohamed.

“Sofia meant the entire world to him and me.”

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