Egypt: Further information on death penalty / legal concern: Hussam Hassan Suleiman, Ahmad Mahmoud 'Abd al-Rahman
AI has learned that Hussam Hannan Suleiman and Ahmad Mahmoud 'Abd al-Rahman were executed on 6 August 1995.
EXTERNAL AI Index: MDE 12/15/95
7 August 1995
Further information on EXTRA 65/95 (MDE 12/09/95, 2 June 1995) and follow-up
(MDE 12/12/95 26 June 1995) - Death Penalty / Legal Concern
EGYPT Hussam Hassan Suleiman
Ahmad Mahmoud 'Abd al-Rahman
On 6 August 1995 Hussam Hassan Suleiman and Ahmad Mahmoud 'Abd al-Rahman were
executed. The two men had been sentenced to death by the Supreme Military
Court in Cairo on 31 May in a trial which had included 40 other defendants,
six of whom were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour, 22 received
sentences ranging from one to 15 years' imprisonment and 12 others were
acquitted. Charges against them had included murder, sabotage and assault.
The two men were reportedly members of Talai' al-Fatah, (Vanguards of the
Conquest), a splinter group of Gihad, a banned Islamist organization.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in Arabic, English, French or in your own language:
- expressing grave concern at these two executions, which Amnesty International
considers as summary and arbitrary executions;
- expressing concern at the upsurge in the use of the death penalty in Egypt,
(64 death sentences have been passed by military courts since December 1992
and 48 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;
- 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.
His Excellency, Mohammad Hosni Mubarak
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
'Abedine Palace, Cairo, Egypt
Telegrams: 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
Faxes: (20 2) 723 173
Dr Fathi Sorour
The People's Assembly
Magles al-Shaab Street, Cairo, Egypt
and to diplomatic representatives of Egypt accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.