Egypt: 188 people sentenced to death

In response to the sentencing of 188 people to death in Egypt today on charges of killing 11 police officers in the town of Kerdasa in August 2013 Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Hassiba Hadj Sahrouai said: 

“The sentencing of 188 people to death in Egypt today is just another example of how the country’s criminal justice system is spiralling out of control.  These latest death sentences clearly expose a pattern of issuing death sentences en masse in cases involving police killings.” 

“It is quite telling that the sentencing, the third such conviction we have seen this year, was handed down in the same week that the case against former President Hosni Mubarak was dropped and and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and his aides were cleared of all charges over killing protesters during the “January 25 revolution”. This is blatantly a case of justice being meted out based on a political whim.” 

“The Egyptian authorities have been trying to shield themselves from criticism by trumpeting the Egyptian judiciary as independent. Yet in case after case Egypt’s criminal justice system shows how broken it is”.