Egypt’s judicial theatre of injustice

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations

Author(s): Anthony Dworkin

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As European governments look to Egypt as a partner, the country’s human rights record continues to suffer with an escalating use of executions

More than five years after Egyptian security forces violently broke up a Muslim Brotherhood sit-in at Cairo’s Rabaa Square, an Egyptian court has finally ruled on a case stemming from the deaths of over 800 people in the incident. Those on trial were not members of the police and army – as human rights groups have long called for – but former protesters. On 8 September, the court handed down death sentences to 75 of the defendants, for crimes including the murder of police officers, incitement to violence, and “pressuring the authorities” to reverse the military’s seizure of power.

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