Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences Over 200 People To Death


An Egyptian court has sentenced almost 200 people to death for a violent attack on a police station last year during the riots that ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The sentencing comes shortly after an Egyptian court in Cairo ruled on a procedural technicality that saw charges against former President Hosni Mubark dismissed. Mr Mubarak had been accused of overseeing the police killing of just over a 1000 protesters in the 2011 riots.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director Hassiba Hadj Sahrouai condemned the court's actions. “The sentencing is another example of how the country’s criminal justice system is spiralling out of control. 

“It's quite telling that the sentencing, the third such conviction we've seen this year, was handed down in the same week that the case against former President Hosni Mubarak was dropped and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and his aides were cleared of all charges over killing protesters during the ‘January 25 revolution"


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