EGYPT: AT LEAST 581 SENTENCED TO DEATH, 32 EXECUTED IN FIRST 11 MONTHS OF 2018
December 27, 2018:
Over 30 people were executed and nearly 600 death sentences were issued in Egypt in the first 11 months of 2018, according to a report issued on 22 December 2018 by the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). (Sources: madamasr.com, 25/12/2018)
The report shows that, between January and November 2018, at least 32 defendants were executed in 8 civilian cases and 11 military cases. At least 581 defendants were issued death sentences in 174 civilian cases and 9 military cases over the same period.
Prominent cases are also documented in the report, including when preliminary death sentences against nine defendants convicted for the assassination of prosecutor general Hisham Barakat were upheld in November.
In October, 17 defendants were sentenced to death by a military court in relation to the bombing of Cairo’s St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in December 2016, as well as the twin Palm Sunday bombings that targeted churches in Alexandria and Tanta in April 2017.