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Further information on UA 130/93 (MDE 12/04/93, 23 April; and follow-ups MDE 12/08/93, 10 June and MDE 12/09/93, 14 June) - Egypt: death penalty: Hassan Shahata Badran, Bastawi 'Abd al-Hamid Abu al-Magd, Sa'id Amin Abu al'Magd, Ashraf Sa'id 'Abd Rabbu, Dr

, N° d'index: MDE 12/010/1993

All eight men named above have been executed. Hassan Shahata Badran was executed on 23 June 1993. The other seven men were hanged at approximately 7am on 8 July 1993 in Cairo's Isti'naf Prison. All the above were sentenced to death by military courts, even though all of them are civilians

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 12/10/93
Distr: UA/SC
8 July 1993
Further information on 130/93 (MDE 12/04/93, 23 April 1993) - and follow-ups: MDE
12/08/93, 10 June 1993 and MDE 12/09/93, 14 June 1993 - Death Penalty
EGYPT: Hassan Shahata BADRAN
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)
Amnesty International has learned with concern of the execution of all eight men
named above. Hassan Shahata Badran, who was convicted of murdering a state security
official in early December 1992, was executed on 23 June 1993. The other seven men
were hanged at approximately 7 am on 8 July 1993 in Cairo's Isti'naf Prison. These
seven were sentenced to death on 22 April 1993, charged with membership of an illegal
"terrorist" group, with the aim of hitting tourism and the Egyptian economy, and
planning to overthrow the government.
All the above were sentenced to death by military courts, even though all of them
are civilians. The death sentences were subject to ratification by the President
of the Republic, and then review by the Military Appeals' Bureau, also headed by
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 United
Nation'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:
- expressing grave concern at these executions;
- urging an immediate review of military trial procedures to ensure that they comply
with international standards to which Egypt is a state party (the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights);
- 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 nine
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;
- stating that in Amnesty International's view the death penalty is not an effective
deterrent to violent crime;
- 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.
Page 2 of 3FU 130/93
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
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.

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