Egypt: Ruling in Rabaa Dispersal Case underscores need for immediate end to mass Death sentences

Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies

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The undersigned organizations unequivocally condemn the mass death sentence issued in Case no. 34150/2015, commonly known as the Rabaa Dispersal Case. The undersigned reject the trial proceedings, which exemplify the degraded standards of fairness, impartiality and independence that define Egypt’s dysfunctional judiciary. We demand an immediate end to mass death sentences and a moratorium on all sentences previously issued, pending a reassessment.

Amid an unprecedented increase in mass death sentences, the Cairo Criminal Court of the Terrorism Circuit, presided over by Judge Hassan Farid, sentenced 75 defendants to death and 47 to life in prison after finding all 739 defendants guilty (300 imprisoned, 439 in absentia)  among them political opponents, journalists, and Muslim Brotherhood leaders.  347 defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison, 215 defendants to 5 years in prison, and 22 child defendants were given 10 years in prison, with all sentenced to five years police probation after the completion of their sentence. The assets of all defendants except the minors were confiscated, and all were barred from the civil service.

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