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Further information on UA 130/93 (MDE 12/04/93, 23 April) - Egypt: death penalty: Bastawi 'Abd al-Hamid Abu al-Magd, Sa'id Amin Abu al-Magd, Ashraf Sa'id 'Abd Rabbu, Drawi Mohammad Ibrahim 'Adb al- Mutallib, Ahmed 'Abd al-Rahim Radwan, 'Abd al-Hadi al-Sag

, N° d'index: MDE 12/008/1993

AI is concerned that those named above could be executed at any time. They were sentenced to death by military courts, charged with membership of illegal "terrorist" groups, among other things.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 12/08/93
Distr: UA/SC
10 June 1993
Further information on UA 130/93 (MDE 12/04/93, 23 April 1993) -Death Penalty
EGYPT: Bastawi 'Abd al-Hamid ABU AL-MAGD (aged 19)
Sa'id Amin ABU AL-MAGD (aged 23)
Ashraf Sa'id 'ABD RABBU (aged 22)
Drawi Mohammad Ibrahim 'ABD AL-MUTALLIB (aged 19)
Ahmed 'Abd al-Rahim RADWAN (aged 20)
'Abd al-Hadi al-Saghir TAYI' (aged 20)
'Abd al-Hamid Al-Zamqan 'ALI (aged 25)
and new names:
Al-Sharif Hassan AHMED
Hassan Shahata BADRAN
Amnesty International is concerned that the nine people mentioned above, who
were sentenced to death by military courts between 3 December 1992 and on 22
April 1993, have been transferred to Isti'naf Prison in Cairo and are awaiting
execution, which could take place any time.
Al-Sharif Hassan Ahmed was charged with, among other things, membership of
an underground "terrorist" organization which calls for the overthrow of the
government, planning to assassinate state officials, possession of weapons
and theft (please see UA 24/93, MDE 12/01/93, 1 February 1993). Hassan Shahata
Badran was convicted of murdering a state security official in early December
1992.
The remaining seven were sentenced to death on 22 April 1993. They were charged
with membership of an illegal "terrorist" group, with the aim of hitting tourism
and the Egyptian economy, and planning to overthrow the government.
The death sentences were subject to review by the Military Appeals' Bureau
before being referred to the President of the Republic. Amnesty International
believes that such procedures fall short of international standards for fair
trial, as guaranteed by Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights, to which Egypt is a state party, which guarantee that everyone
who is convicted shall have the right to their conviction and sentence being
reviewed by a higher tribunal. The UN's Economic and Social Council has urged
that these rights be respected in all cases involving the death penalty.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/express and airmail
letters either in Arabic, English or your own language:
- urging that the nine people mentioned above not be executed and that the
President use his constitutional right to grant clemency and commute these
death sentences;
- expressing concern at the sudden upsurge in the use of the death penalty
in Egypt (22 death sentences have been passed by military courts since December
1992), 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;
- stating that in Amnesty International's view the death penalty is not an
effective deterrent to violent crime;
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- 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:
1) His Excellency
Muhammad Hosni Mubarak
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
'Abedine Palace
Cairo, Egypt
Telegram: 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
His Excellency
Mr Faruq Sayf al-Nasr
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
Maydan Lazoghly
Cairo, Egypt
Telexes: 92220 Kharg UN
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 22 July 1993.

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