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EGYPT: MILITARY COURT SENTENCES FOUR TO BE HANGED

May 17, 2011: An Egyptian military court sentenced a 17-year-old and three other men to be hanged for kidnapping and raping a young woman, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) said.
The Egyptian rights group said it was "deeply troubled" by the sentencing of the teenager to death and called for the verdict to be overturned.
Activists suspect that thousands of Egyptians are being held and tried before military courts, often behind closed doors, since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted on February 11.
Egypt is ruled by a military council that has pledged to hand over power to civilians before the end of this year.
EIPR said the ruling flew in the face of the army's code of military justice as well as international law and Egyptian child laws, which protect defendants under the age of 18 at the time of the crime from execution.
"The death sentence issued against the minor illustrates the ignorance of the military judiciary in civil and criminal law alike," said Adel Ramadan, a legal officer at EIPR, in a statement.
"This raises strong doubts about the competence of the military judiciary to prosecute civilians in crimes under public law," he added.
An army official said the military did not interfere in court decisions.
"We trust that the courts are taking fair verdicts and that its goal is to achieve justice and security and ensure that everyone is able to live safely without being threatened by a criminal," he told Reuters. (Sources: Reuters, 17/05/2011)

GAZA: MILITARY COURT SENTENCES MAN TO DEATH
IRAN: 300 ON DEATH ROW FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
UAE: BLOOD MONEY PAID, 3 PUNJABI YOUTHS RETURN HOME FROM DUBAI
INDIA: SEARCH FOR HANGMAN DELAYS EXECUTIONS
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO MEN BEHEADED FOR MURDER
IRAN: TWO CHILD RAPISTS HANGED IN PUBLIC
IRAN: THE MAN WHO CARRIED OUT THE EXECUTION WAS 23 YEARS OLD - AUTHORITIES
CHINA ORDERS DEATH PENALTY FOR FOOD SAFETY CRIMES
INDIA: PRESIDENT GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR HANGING OF BHULLAR, DAS
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: TWO FOREIGNERS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG DEALING
IRAN: FIVE MEN HANGED IN PUBLIC
IRAN: SIX PEOPLE EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN CONTINUES SECRET MASS EXECUTIONS IN VAKIL ABAD PRISON IN MASHHAD
IRAN: SUPREME COURT GIVES GO-AHEAD FOR REVENGE OF WOMAN DISFIGURED WITH ACID
CHINA: COURTS URGED TO BE PRUDENT IN USE OF DEATH PENALTY
MAURITANIA: 13 QAEDA PRISONERS MOVED TO SECRET SPOT
EGYPT: CRIMINAL COURT HANDS DOWN FIRST DEATH SENTENCE IN REVOLUTION KILLINGS
IRAN: MAN HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN: THREE PEOPLE HANGED
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN BEHEADED FOR MURDER
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N KOREA PURGES DEPUTY SPY CHIEF
SRI LANKA: DEATH ROW PRISONERS COMMENCE A FAST UNTO DEATH
IRAN: THREE MEN HANGED IN ISFAHAN
PAKISTAN: CAMPAIGN AGAINST DEATH SENTENCE TO JUVENILES
CHINA EXECUTES CONVICTED KILLER AFTER RAISING SENTENCE
OHIO (USA): MAN EXECUTED FOR 1984 MURDERS
IRAN: THREE MEN EXECUTED
MYANMAR: PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES AMNESTY FOR DEATH ROW PRISONERS
IRAN: 11 HANGINGS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, RAPE

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