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ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT:
SIX MEN TO BE EXECUTED IF LAST APPEAL REJECTED

Update info:
3 Mar 2018
Country:
ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT
Subject:
Ahmed Amin Ghazali Amin; Abdul Basir Abdul Rauf; Mohamed Fawzi Abd al-Gawad Mahmoud; Reda Motamad Fahmy Abd al-Monem; Ahmed Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed; Mahmoud al-Sharif Mahmoud.
Gender m/f: All m
Period:
13 Mar 2018
Distribution date:
3 Mar 2018
UA No:
091/2016

On 12 February, the Supreme Military Court postponed the verdict of six men appealing their death sentence. If their appeal is rejected, the men could be executed at any time. 

An Egyptian military court sentenced Ahmed Amin Ghazali Amin, Abdul Basir Abdul Rauf, Mohamed Fawzi Abd al-Gawad Mahmoud, Reda Motamad Fahmy Abd al-Monem, Ahmed Mustafa Ahmed Mohamed, and Mahmoud al-Sharif Mahmoud to death on 29 May 2016 for belonging to a banned group (the Muslim Brotherhood), being in possession of firearms and explosives, and obtaining classified military information without authorization.

Under the Constitution and the Code of Criminal Procedures, once the Supreme Military Court rejects an appeal the death sentence verdict becomes final and can no longer be appealed. The case is then sent to the President of Egypt who, within 14 days, can grant the defendants a pardon. If the president does not issue a pardon within this time, the Military Prosecution sets a date for the execution; there is no timeframe for setting an execution date. If the Supreme Military Court accepts the appeal, the verdict will be overturned and the case will be referred to a different military court for retrial.

Egyptian authorities have executed at least 127 people since 2013 including at least 31 in relation to incidents of political violence, some of whom were sentenced to death after grossly unfair military trials.

Amnesty International has found that many of the men executed in relation to political violence could not have committed the offence they were accused of, as they were in police custody when these crimes were committed.

Take action

Please write immediately in Arabic, English, or your own language:

  • Calling on the Egyptian authorities to retry all those convicted in the case before an ordinary, civilian court, without recourse to the death penalty, and in proceedings that respect international fair trial standards and exclude “confessions” and other evidence obtained through torture and other ill-treatment;
  • Urging them to establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 13 MARCH 2018 TO:

Defence Minister

Colonel General Sedqi Sobhi

Ministry of Defence

Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

Emal: mc@afmic.gov.eg, mod@afmic.gov.eg
Salutation: Your Excellency

President
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Office of the President

Al Ittihadia Palace

Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt

Fax +202 2391 1441

Salutation: Your Excellency