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Egypt: Death penalty / torture / legal concern

, Index number: MDE 12/027/1996

Mostafa Mohammad Mahmoud 'Eissa, Al-Numeiry Ramadhan Sayyid Ahmad, 'Adel 'Abd al-Ghani 'Abd al-Rahman, aged 22, Mounir Mostafa 'Abd al-Hafiz (in absentia), 'Abd al-Hamid Abu 'Aqrab (in absentia): On 2 December 1996 the five people named above were sentenced to death, in a case involving 32 members of the banned armed Islamist group al-Gama'a al-Islamiya. The court postponed sentencing on the remaining 27 defendants until 6 January 1997. Defence lawyers during the trial reportedly claimed that the defendants had been tortured.

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