The Menace of Collective Punishment and Lack of Due Diligence in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Adel Ramadan

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“As long as murder is committed collectively, punishment is imposed collectively,” Judge Mohammed Nagy Shehata said in a television interview on February 2, 2015 – the day the Giza Criminal Court issued death sentences against 183 defendants who were charged with killing 11 officers from the Kerdasa police department in Giza in August 2013. Two days following the sentence, on February 4, 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court, presided over by the same judge, issued a mass sentence of life in prison to 299defendants, including the prominent activist Ahmed Douma, and handed down a ten-year prison sentence to 39 minors in the infamous “cabinet clashes” case…

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