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EGYPT SAYS IT WILL NOT ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY

December 10, 2009: Egypt said that it will not abolish the death penalty because it is a deterrent, even though human rights groups say that fair trials are not guaranteed.
"Egypt will not abolish the death penalty. It is a deterrent especially in murder crimes," state minister for legal and parliamentary affairs Mufid Shehab told a human rights session in parliament.
"This penalty is carried out with full guarantees of a fair trial in several phases and the accused is not executed until after an opinion from the mufti," the country's most senior Muslim legal scholar, Shehab said in comments carried by the official MENA news agency.
Egyptian legislation allows for the death sentence to be impose for a large number of offences defined by the Penal Code, the Military Code of Justice, the Arms and Ammunition Law, and the Anti-Drug Trafficking Law, a report by 16 Egyptian human rights groups said last week.
"Criminal courts in Egypt, which issue all death sentences in cases unrelated to terrorism, offer no recourse to appeal before a higher judicial body," the report said.
"More serious are the death sentences for civilians issued by emergency courts or military tribunals, since these courts do not provide the minimum standards of a fair trial," it added. (Sources: Afp, 10/12/2009)

IRAN: DISSIDENT HANGED, RIOT BREAKS OUT IN KARAJ JAIL
CHINA: BRITON EXECUTED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
EGYPT: THREE MEN TO HANG OVER RAPE AND ROBBERY
IRAN: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN TEHRAN
VIETNAM CHARGES HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER
MALAYSIA: MAN TO HANG FOR TRAFFICKING
ETHIOPIA: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER ASSASSINATION PLOT
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN BEHEADED FOR STABBING FATHER TO DEATH
IRAN: THREE MEN HANGED
HOC CONGRESS IV GENERAL MOTION
IRAN: THE MINOR OFFENDER MOSLEH ZAMANI AND FOUR OTHERS WERE EXECUTED
PA: SECOND PALESTINIAN CONFERENCE AGAINST DEATH PENALTY HELD IN RAMALLAH
IRAN: FOUR EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN: FIVE MEN HANGED
EUROPEAN UNION CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY
BELARUS: MORE TIME NEEDED FOR MORATORIUM
IRAN: MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER HANGED
KUWAIT: EGYPTIAN BUTCHER GIVEN DEATH FOR PREMEDITATED MURDER
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
INDIANA (USA): INMATE EXECUTED FOR 1994 KILLINGS
CHINA: WOMAN EXECUTED OVER CHILD PROSTITUTION
IRAN: TEN MEN FACE EXECUTION FOR SODOMY
UGANDA TO DROP DEATH PENALTY FOR GAYS
USA: NEW EXECUTION METHOD IS USED IN OHIO
CHINA: ROGUE TRADER EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN BEHEADED AND CRUCIFIED
CHINA: THREE MORE SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER ETHNIC RIOTS
TEXAS EXECUTES LOW-IQ CONVICTED KILLER
CHINA ANNOUNCES MORE DEATH SENTENCES FOR XINJIANG RIOT
JAPAN: MINISTER- IT WON’T BE EASY BUT WE WILL ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY

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