Document - Further information on UA 112/94 (MDE 12/06/94, 18 March and follow-up MDE 12/07/94, 5 April) - Egypt: death penalty / legal concern: Salah al-Sayyid Sulayman, 'Issam Mohammad 'Abd al-Rahman al-Touni, Nour al-Din Sulayman Mohammad 'Ali, Amin Isma'il al-Mu
EXTERNAL (for general distribution)AI Index: MDE 12/08/94
3 May 1994
Further information on UA 112/94 (MDE 12/06/94, 18 March 1994) - and follow up (MDE 12/07/94, 5 April) - Death Penalty/Legal Concern
EGYPT:Salah al-Sayyid SULAYMAN
'Issam Mohammad 'Abd al-Rahman AL-TOUNI
Nour al-Din Sulayman Mohammad 'ALI
Amin Isma'il AL-MUSAILHI
Tariq 'Abd al-Nabi Hassan AL-FAHAL
'Adel al-Sayyid 'ABD AL-QODOUS (in absentia)
Tharwat Salah SHAHHATA (in absentia)
Ahmed Isma'il 'OTHMAN (in absentia)
Yasser 'Ali AL-SIRRI (in absentia)
On 3 May 1994, the first five men named above were executed in Cairo. All nine had been sentenced to death by the Supreme Military Court on 17 March 1994.
The nine men were sentenced to death in the case known as the attempted assassination of Prime Minister Dr 'Atef Sidqi.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: You may send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters in Arabic, French, English or in your own language:
- expressing grave concern at these five executions, which Amnesty International considers as summary and arbitrary executions;
- expressing concern at the upsurge in the use of the death penalty in Egypt (51 death sentences have been passed by military courts since December 1992 and 35 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.
Muhammad Hosni Mubarak
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Telegram: President Mubarak, Cairo, Egypt
Telexes: 93794 WAZRA UN
Faxes: 202 260 54 17
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
The Human Rights Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Faxes: 202 723173
Dr Fathi Sorour
The People's Assembly
Magles al-Shaab Street
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.