Egypt: Further information on death penalty: Mohammad Nagui Mohammad Mustapha, Mohammad Khadir Abu al-Farag al-Mahlawi
The two men named above were executed on 29 March 1995.
EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 12/08/95
31 March 1995
Further information on EXTRA 05/95 (MDE 12/03/95, 11 January 1995) and follow-up
(MDE 12/06/95, 21 February) - Death Penalty
EGYPT Mohammad Nagui Mohammad Mustapha
Mohammad Khadir Abu al-Farag al-Mahlawi
On 29 March 1995, Mohammad Nagui Mohammad Mustapha and Mohammad Khadir Abu
al-Farag al-Mahlawi were executed. The two men had been sentenced to death
by the Supreme Military Court in Cairo on 10 January. They were charged with
the attempted assassination of the prominent novelist Naguib Mahfouz on 14
October 1994. Other charges against them include membership of a banned
Islamist group known as al-Gama'a al-Islamiya (Islamic Group) and possession
of weapons and ammunition.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/express/airmail
- 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 46 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
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
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.