Egypt's judiciary has been busy engaged in issuing the death penalty during trials which lack justice and integrity on the grounds of their political affiliation. To date up to 20 cases including 1450 defendants have been referred to the Mufti for ratification in preparation for execution. Five hundred and twenty sentences have been served in addition to 8 finalized death sentences with one execution already performed in March with another 6 civilians awaiting the same fate after Abdul Fatah Sisi ratified the decision.
Most of the sentences were issued with no legal support or regard to the rule of law during the hearings revealing Egypt's lack of respect of international agreements for human rights most particularly guarantees for fair hearings evident in Egypt's inattention to recommendations to suspend the death penalty.
This number of sentences since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi exceeds the sum of the death penalties served by countries still adopting the death penalty in one year. The number of death sentences served worldwide is approximately 700 making Egypt's mass sentencing the largest in modern history.
The most recent of these preposterous rulings against civilians is the death sentence served to 22 from the regime's opposition renowned in the media as the 'Kerdasa Police Storming case', issued Monday. Twenty-three civilians were accused of storming the Kerdasa Police Station in Giza on July 3rd, 2013 following the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in. The defendants were charged with vandalism, killing policemen of the Kerdasa police station, using force against policemen, and illegally possessing weapons and ammunition and were condemned to death while a juvenile, were sentenced to 10 years in a high security prison.
One day prior to this sentencing a Port Said courthanded death sentencesto 11 defendants convicted of participating in the Port Said Stadium disaster of 2012 and their papers were referred to the Grand Mufti for approval. The court has set May 30 for the date of the final verdict and placed a gag order on the case where 73 were charged with killing 74 Ahly Ultras following the football match in 2012 in the Port Said stadium.
The last trial is evidently politicized after reports condemned several police and military officers and security personnel however despite the evidence the court served the death penalty to 11 football supporters contrary to the rule of law which prevents the death sentence considered the harshest sentence without guarantees of fair trials including terrorist related trials.
It appears that the Egyptian judiciary will continue to issue these exasperating sentences with complete disregard or respect to the rule of law recognized internationally and ratified by the conventions regarding political and civil human rights and similar protocols.
Human Rights Monitor urgently calls for the establishing of an international observing committee to oversee such trials with mass death sentences served and calls on the Egyptian authority to suspend the rulings especially following the execution of civilian Mahmoud Abdul Naby which took place March 15, 2015.