Human rights sources: Execution of 15 Egyptian detainees in one day

Human rights sources: Execution of 15 Egyptian detainees in one day
Human rights sources: Execution of 15 Egyptian detainees in one day

The Egyptian authorities carried out the death sentence against 15 detainees on Sunday, according to the “We Record” human rights platform.

Yesterday, Egyptian human rights organizations and other opposition media announced the execution of two opponents, Yasser Al-Abasiri and Yasser Shukr, who had been convicted in incidents of violence in the case known in the media as “the events of the Library of Alexandria.”

The “We Record” organization revealed today that 13 other detainees were executed yesterday also in the case of “Soldiers of Egypt 1”, and published the names of those executed and asked the families to contact the Zeinhom morgue to receive the bodies of their relatives.

In a previous publication, the organization announced the arrival of a force of more than 20 personnel from the central security sector and special operations to the Zeinhom morgue, amidst a state of anticipation from the rise in the death penalty cases.

The Court of Cassation, the highest civilian court in the country that cannot be appealed, upheld the death sentence in May 2019 of 13 defendants in the Ajnad Misr case.

In July 2014, the late Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered the referral of the defendants in the Ajnad Misr 1 case to criminal trial, after they were accused of several charges he had denied, including “committing acts of violence and killing 6 policemen, between July 2013 and July 2015, and joining the (Ajnad Masr) organization.

No comment has been issued by the Egyptian or internal authorities regarding executions until now, but they usually deny that they have political prisoners and affirm that they respect the law and the constitution and that their judiciary is independent and impartial.

For its part, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt condemned, on Saturday, the execution of two opponents who belong to it, considering it a “message of terror for the youth.”

In a statement, the Brotherhood’s spokesman, Talaat Fahmy, confirmed that the implementation, at this time when demonstrations are taking place against the Egyptian regime, is a “message of terror for youth,” describing the conviction as “politicized”.

However, Fahmy spoke, in his statement, that the case in which Al-Abassiri was convicted and thanked, “confessions were extracted under torture and its rulings were concluded without fair trial procedures.”

The Egyptian authorities usually deny these accusations and describe the group as “prohibited.”

According to local media, the facts of the case date back to August 2013, when protests erupted against the security forces in front of the Library of Alexandria (north), in connection with the events of the sit-in dispersal.

These protests resulted in the killing of 15 people, including two security men. While the Public Prosecution accused the members of the Muslim Brotherhood of being involved in these protests, the defendants ’lawyers denied all these accusations.

The events of the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda sit-ins left 632 people dead, all of them protesters, with the exception of 8 policemen, according to the National Council for Human Rights in Egypt (governmental), and about 2,000 dead and thousands of wounded, according to the opposition.

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