Egypt: African Commission Pressures to Stop Unlawful Death Row Executions

By on January 3, 2018

Five men accused of terror attacks on security and armed forced were hanged Tuesday one week after the execution of 15 other men in the two prisons in the Sinai.
Those executed Tuesday were sentenced to death over terror charges, reports say. Four of them were tried by a military court over a 2015 bombing at a stadium, north of Cairo, in which three new military recruits were murdered.
They were also accused of having links with outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement of toppled President Mohamed Morsi. Current ruler Abdelfattah al-Sisi in 2013, then as defense minister removed the Islamist President who is currently facing several death sentences.
The fifth according to authorities was sentenced to death over a criminal matter that has not been fully defined.
The Tuesday execution is the second in a short period of time. Authorities on December 26 hanged 15 inmates of two prisons in the Sinai province. They were sentenced to death by a military court over terror attack on police and the military in the restive province.
The December execution is the first and the largest since 2005. Both executions fly in the face of the African Union (AU) which requested that Cairo suspend the sentences pending its investigation into their lawfulness, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports.
The AU’s Commission of Peoples and Human Rights basing on a complaint submitted by the Egyptian Freedom & Justice Party (FJP) over the fate of several detainees put on death row and left with no appeal right, addressed a letter to President al-Sisi for the suspension request on November 29.
The commission expressed its intention to investigate the allegations made by FJP.
Following the Tuesday execution lawyers acting on behalf of the FJP wrote to the African Commission to take immediate action and refer the matter for emergency consideration by the African Union’s Assembly of Heads of State, MEMO notes.

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