A post with a photo is being widely shared on Facebook with a claim that the person executed in the photo is Hamza Bendelladj who hacked banks and donated that money to Africa and Palestine. Let’s try to analyze the authenticity of the post.
Claim: Photo of Hamza Bendelladj, who was executed for hacking 217 banks and stealing 4000 million USD, which was donated to Africa and Palestine.
Fact: The photo is not of Hamza Bendelladj, he is still alive. The photo is of Majid Kavousifar who was executed for killing a Judge in Iran. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When searched in Google for ‘Hamza Bendelladj’, an article published by ‘Al Jazeera’ was found. From the article, it is understood that the information in the post about Hamza Bendelladj is true, however, he was not executed. According to the article, Hamza Bendelladj is an Algerian hacker who hacked over 200 banks and donated millions of dollars to Palestinian charities.
There were also rumors that he was sentenced to death for his crimes by the US court, however, these rumors were denied by US authorities. Moreover, a US ambassador to Algeria commented that the computer crimes are not charged with the death sentence.
When the photo in the post was reverse image searched using Google, an article published by Reuters was found. According to the article, the person in the photo is Majid Kavousifar. Majid Kavousifar and Hossein Kavousifar were executed for killing a Judge in Iran. Hence, the photo in the post is not of Hamza who hacked over 200 banks and donated millions of dollars to Palestinian charities, but it is of Majid Kavousifar.
To summarize, Majid Kavousifar’s execution photo for killing a judge in Iran is shared as that of Hamza Bendelladj in the photo is not Hamaza Bendallaz, he is still alive.
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