Egypt: The Extraordinary Tale of a Wholesale Death Sentence

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The Egyptian regime is using some of the most severe tools of punishment to signal its Islamist foes that it means business. Death sentencing is obviously one of them, except that in Egypt it is done en-mass and without sufficient due diligence and investigations to sentence the accused beyond reasonable doubt. This week, Giza’s criminal court sentenced 188 defendants to death for an alleged attack on a police station in August 2013 that resulted in 13 deaths, including 11 police officers. MEA Risk says a confirmation of the sentencing is scheduled for end of January 2015, after the court hears a non-binding opinion from religious authorities.

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