Human Rights Monitor has sent an urgent complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Execution following the execution of 6 innocent young men, who have been proven innocent from the fabricated charges leveled against them and has called for the quick international intervention to inspect the human rights standard in Egypt which has completely deteriorated in a country which alleges it respects its civilian's right to live.
This morning Egypt's authorities executed Mohamed Ali Afifi, Mohamed Bakri Haroun 31, Hany Mustafa Amin Amer, Abdul Rahman Sayed Rizk 18, Khaled Farag Mohamed Ali 28 and Islam Sayed Ahmed 27. The sentence has not been carried out on the seventh detainee since he has not been arrested by forces as yet.
The hearing lacked integrity and justice as the court chose to neglect evidence submitted by the defense which discusses that the arrests took place before the actual crimes in Arab Sharkas which they were accused of were committed. The court issued a guilty verdict because of the defendants' political affiliations and the hearings did not take place in front of an independent or impartial judiciary. It was a military tribunal trying 9 civilians because of their political affiliations.
According to documents 3 of the defendants were arrested 3 months before the Arab Sharkas attack and 4 others were arrested 3 days before. On March 17, 2 days before the attack an eighth detainee was arrested and accused of the same crime which took place on March 19,2014.
Mohamed Ali Afifi was arrested March 19, 2013 and Mohamed Bakri Haroun from Zagazig was arrested along with his wife and children on December 1, 2013. Hani Mustafa Amin Amer was arrested on December 12, 2014 and high school student Abdul Rahman Sayed Rizk and Khaled Farag Mohamed Ali, Islam Sayed Ahmed and Ahmed Abu Seree Mohamed were arrested March 16, 2014 while Hossam Hosny Abdul Latif Saad was arrested the following day March 17.
HRM had submitted a previous complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur regarding the arbitrary arrest after the Military Court at Haikstep military camp refused to accept an appeal regarding the death sentence of 7 and life imprisonment of 2 of the Arab Sharkas detainees.
HRM criticized the hearings' procedures since the detainees were denied their rights to call in witnesses to testify in their favour. The sole witness was an officer from National Security. HRM also condemned the enforced disappearance which lasted more than three months before information regarding their location was disclosed. It also condemned the torture the detainees encountered which resulted in untreated broken bones and injuries and a violation to prisoners' rights to treatment and medical care.
HRM confirmed in its complaints to the UN that the human rights situation in Egypt has become extremely poor adding that the Egyptian authorities no longer respect the rights of its civilians chartered by law and international agreements in fact it completely disregards its own law.
The sentence today was carried out after the first execution took place following the June 30 events in 2013 in a case full of faults which HRM had pointed out urging authority's to revoke the sentence and order a retrial. Authority's ignored the plea and insisted on carrying out the sentence on March 7, 2015 and repeated it on 7 Arab Sharkas detainees.
Related, yesterday an Egyptian court issued a death sentence to more than 120 civilians including the former Egyptian president Dr. Mohamed Morsi and other leading opposition figures in a host of fabricated cases including conspiring with Hamas, and jail breaking Wady Notron. HRM underscores that the sentences are politicized and the hearings were void of justice and integrity.
HRM expresses its deep concern and fear of more lives lost under the legal guise. According to recent reports over 1700 detainees' papers have been referred to the Mufti and 500 death sentences have been ratified in 23 different cases by Egypt's judiciary since June 30, 2013. To date seven executions have been carried out in the Sidi Gaber and Arab Sharkas events.