EGYPT: SIX ALLEGED TERRORISTS HANGED IN CAIRO
May 17, 2015: six men with alleged ties to a terrorist group were hanged in a Cairo jail over violence that followed the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi.
The six men â Mohamed Bakry, Hani Amer, Mohamed Afifi, Abdel Rahman Said, Khaled Farg and Islam Said â were part of a group of nine convicted in a single trial of carrying out attacks against the security forces that killed nine soldiers between 13 and 19 March 2014. On 24 March 2015, following the rejection of a legally required appeal from prosecutors, the Supreme Criminal Military Court upheld death sentences handed down to the six, while two of the nine men were sentenced to life in prison and another man was tried and convicted in his absence and sentenced to death.
Three of the men who were executed could not have participated in any of the attacks for which they were sentenced to death because authorities arrested them months earlier and were still holding them in detention at the time, their relatives and Ahmed Helmy, their lawyer, told Human Rights Watch in April 2015. Authorities arrested Mohamed Bakry, Hani Amer, and Mohamed Afifi in late 2013, Helmy said, and their families hired him in January 2014 to find out where they were detained. He said authorities arrested Afifi and Bakry, both Cairo residents, in November 2013, while men in civilian clothes arrested Amer in December 2013 while he was at a government office seeking a permit for his information technology company, Helmy said.
According to prosecutors, some of the defendants initially had confessed to membership in Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis and the crimes for which they were accused. But all had renounced their confessions, saying they were obtained under torture, Helmy said. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to the extremist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS) in November 2014 and now refers to itself as the Sinai Province.
In March, a man convicted of throwing four teens from a roof in Alexandria was executed by hanging, marking the first execution to be carried out among Muslim Brotherhood supporters since the ouster of Morsi. (Sources: The Cairo Post, AFP, AP, DPA, Reuters, 17/05/2015)