Document - Egypt: Further information on death penalty: Mohammad 'Ata'-Allah 'Omar, Rabi' Mohammad Mahmoud Hussein

EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: MDE 12/07/95

Distr: UA/SC


28 February 1995


Further information on UA 430/94 (MDE 12/23/94, 6 December 1994) and follow-up (MDE 12/24/94, 29 December) - Death Penalty


EGYPTMohammad 'Ata'-Allah 'Omar

Rabi' Mohammad Mahmoud Hussein



On 25 February 1995, Mohammad 'Ata'-Allah 'Omar and Rabi' Mohammad Hussein were executed. The two men had been sentenced to death by the Supreme Military Court in Cairo on 3 December 1994. They were charged, among other things, with armed attacks on tourists in the Red Sea Resort of Hurghada on 27 September 1994, resulting in the death of two German tourists and two Egyptian nationals, possession of automatic weapons and ammunition and membership of a banned organization (al-Gama'a al-Islamiya). Fourteen other defendants in this case received sentences ranging from five to 15 years' imprisonment with hard labour (five of them in absentia).


FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters

- expressing grave concern at these two executions, which Amnesty International considers as summary and arbitrary executions;

- expressing concern at the upsurge in the use of the death penalty in Egypt (62 death sentences have been passed by military courts since December 1992 and 44 executions have now taken place), and explaining Amnesty International's opposition to the death penalty as a violation of the right to life and the most extreme form of cruel and inhuman punishment;

- drawing attention to world trends to abolish or reduce the use of the death penalty, in accordance with Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Egypt is a state party.


APPEALS TO:


His Excellency

Muhammad Hosni Mubarak

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

'Abedine Palace

Cairo, Egypt

Telegrams: President Mubarak, Cairo, Egypt

Telexes: 93794 WAZRA UN

Salutation: Your Excellency


COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:


The Human Rights Department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Corniche al-Nil

Cairo, Egypt


Dr Fathi Sorour

Speaker

The People's Assembly

Magles al-Shaab Street

Cairo, Egypt


and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.


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