An Egyptian court upheld Thursday February 5, a death sentence passed on a supporter of former president Mohamed Morsi accused of throwing a teenage boy from a rooftop in Sidi Gaber, Alexandria during violence that broke out in the city on July 5th, 2013 between pro- and anti Morsi supporters.
The court also found guilty other defendants accusing them of killing 4 and the attempted killing of 8 others after cornering them on a rooftop. Other accusations include incitement to murder, theft, illegal assembly, vandalism, harming social peace, injuring policemen and illegal possession of arms.
The Court of Cessation ruled against 62 defendants in the case, sentencing one, Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan Abdul Naby, to death by hanging. Eighteen others were sentenced to life imprisonment 13 were present during the announcement while 5 were absent. Eight defendants were given a 15 year jail term, and 35 were issued a 10 year jail term and a 7 year term was given to a minor defendant. All defendants are to be under strict surveillance.
The court had turned down a request filed on January 3rd, 2015, by the prosecutor and reaffirmed the death sentence on February 5.
The appeal court led by Chancellor Adel Alshorbagy turned down the appeal forwarded by the defendants' team for a retrial in front of another circuit on the grounds the trial was unfair and void of justice. According to the defendants lawyers accusations were without evidence describing the sentences as collective punishment and this was a breach of article 110 which stipulates the country's obligations to genuinely investigate or prosecute under the Statute.
Abdul Naby's lawyers have pointed out that the video presented which accuses him of killing a teenager was fabricated in fact pictures revealed that Abdul Naby was not on the roof when the crime was committed, however their claims have been disregarded, and a final death sentence was issued condemning an innocent man to death without a fair trial.
It is worth noting that since the beginning of the coup 1472 papers have been turned over to the Mufti after who has agreed to the sentence of 288 detainees to date. The most resent was on February 2, 2015 after 183 were sentenced to death.
Human Rights Monitor asserts that the Egyptian judiciary's continued indifference to justice and people's lives is unacceptable under any circumstances. It calls for all charges to be dropped and demands a retrial under a judiciary which respects the rule of law and the sanctity of life for all citizens as stipulated in articles 3 and 6 in the International convention which state that every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.
Furthermore it emphasizes the responsibility of the nation to protect the lives of its citizens and their safety something which the country's authority is completely ignoring at this current time.