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Egypt: Further information on death penalty / legal concern

, N° d'index: MDE 12/012/1998

Husam Mohammad Khamis Nuwair, Mohammad Fawzi Ibrahim, Ahmad ‘Abd al-Fattah Sayyed, Mohammad Mostafa Isma‘il: The four men named above were executed by hanging in Isti' nal Prison in Cairo on 17 February 1998.

EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 12/12/98
19 February 1998
Further information on EXTRA 125/97 (MDE 12/50/97, 17 September 1997) and
follow-up (MDE 12/58/97, 22 October 1997) - Death Penalty / Legal Concern
EGYPT Husam Mohammad Khamis Nuwair
Mohammad Fawzi Ibrahim
Ahmad ‘Abd al-Fattah Sayyed
Mohammad Mostafa Isma’il
The four men named above were executed by hanging in Isti’naf Prison in Cairo
on 17 February 1998. They had been sentenced to death by the Supreme Military
Court in Heikstep, near Cairo, on 15 September 1997 in a case involving 97
alleged members of the armed Islamist group al-Gama’a al-Islamiya (Islamic
Charges against the 97 defendants in this case included the planting of bombs
outside nine banks in 1995, the killing of police chief Ra’uf Khairat in 1994,
the possession of explosives, and the alleged membership of a banned
organization which aims to overthrow the government by force. Sixty three
of the defendants received sentences of between one year and life imprisonment
with hard labour, five were sentenced to between three and 10 years’ imprisonment
while 25 of the defendants were acquitted. One defendant was reported to have
died in custody prior to the trial and five were tried in absentia.
The defendants, all civilians, were tried before a military court, the
procedures of which were grossly unfair.
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