Former Egyptian professional boxer and WBO super middleweight title challenger Kabary Salem has been formally accused of taking the life of his own daughter Ola Salem.
On 24th October last year, Ola’s lifeless body was found near Bloomingdale Park and Drumgoole Road West in Staten Island by a jogger. Forensic reports claimed that the cause of death was a homicide due to asphyxiation.
Soon after Ola’s death made the headlines, it was reported that Kabary Salem, 52, had escaped from the USA and started living in Kuwait, where he was also apprehended this Friday by NYPD’s Regional Fugitive Task Force, who had tracked him all the way to the Arab world.
Kabary Salem charged with the murder of daughter Ola
According to New York Post, the law enforcement sources have confirmed that a Staten Island grand jury has indicted Salem in the murder of his daughter, also claiming that the murder was committed elsewhere and Ola’s body was later dumped near Bloomingdale Park. However, the motive behind the murder is yet to be known.
Ola, 25, lived in the Rosebank neighborhood of Staten Island, served as a volunteer at the Asiyah Women’s Center and was vocally open about Muslim women who have been victims of domestic violence.
A two-time Olympian, Kabary Salem (23–5) made his professional debut in 1997. Nicknamed “Egyptian Magician”, Salem was infamous as a dirty fighter and was often criticised for using headbutts.
In 1999, he made headlines after his 10th round TKO victory against Randie Carver for the NABF super-middleweight title., a fight that made headlines due to Carver losing his life two days after the bout. In January 2003, Salem defeated Manu Ntoh of Cameroon to become the WBO-NABO super middleweight champion.
On 22nd October 2004, Salem faced former Welsh pugilist Joe Calzaghe for the WBO super-middleweight title and lost by unanimous decision. A year later, he suffered another defeat at the hands of Lucian Bute in an 8th round knockout, marking his third loss in a row. After the Bute fight, the Egyptian announced his retirement from boxing.