EGYPT: FIRST EXECUTION OF MORSI SUPPORTER CARRIED OUT
March 7, 2015: Egypt carried out its first execution over a murder committed during riots in 2013 amid the overthrowing of the then-President Mohamed Morsi.
Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan was hanged after being convicted of murder, the interior ministry said, in the first death sentence under the current rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Ramadan was found guilty of an incident where 19-year-old Hamada Badr and a child had been thrown from a building in Alexandria. Ramadan is also said to have had a flag affiliated with al-Qaeda hanging off his clothing.
Security sources have described Ramadan as a radical Islamist who is not officially a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that Morsi had ties to.
Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of alleged Brotherhood supporters to death in recent months, many in mass trials condemned by foreign governments and rights groups as violating international law.
Ramadanâs execution comes a month after Egypt's high court upheld a death sentence against him. Fifty-seven others were sentenced to 15-25 years in the case. (Sources: independent.co.uk, AP, 07/03/2015)