Egypt

Death sentences for political crimes

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Phil Grimm

An Egyptian court has sentenced 188 people to death by hanging for their alleged involvement in a riot which killed 14 policemen.

This is the most recent of a series of mass death sentences for political crimes.

Over a thousand Egyptians charged with offences related to political unrest have been condemned to death this year alone. The military government is tightening its strangle hold on political life, absolving its allies and crushing its opponents in the process.

An Egyptian court has sentenced 188 people to death by hanging for their alleged involvement in a riot which killed 14 policemen.

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Ahmed Seif el-Islam

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Nick Holden

On Wednesday, 27 August Egypt’s leading human rights lawyer, Ahmed Seif el-Islam died aged 63 after several days in a coma after heart surgery. As he lay dying, two of his children were behind bars for their political activism.

Egypt’s leading human rights lawyer, Ahmed Seif el-Islam has died aged 63.

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Support Al-Jazeera journalists!

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Gerry Bates

An Egyptian court which jailed three journalists for “spreading false news” has issued a statement explaining its decision.

Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Geste, who work for the Al-Jazeera news network, were given jail sentences of seven to ten years after reporting on the brutal repression of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the military coup of 2013.

The court said that the journalists had “falsified the truth” and that “the devil guided them to use journalism and direct it towards activities against this nation.”

Media trade unions around the world continue to campaign for the release of the three journalists jailed in Egypt.

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El-Sisi win strengthens counter-revolution in Egypt

Abdel Fatah El-Sisi has won the Egyptian presidential elections and will become the next head of state.

El-Sisi, the senior general in the Egyptian armed forces and former Defence Secretary, won over 90% of the vote in an election involved mass intimidation by police and crack-downs on opposition activists and protesters. The election was the first to take place since the military coup against the Muslim Brotherhood government in July 2013.

Abdel Fatah El-Sisi has won the Egyptian presidential elections and will become the next head of state.

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683 sentenced to death in Egypt

On Monday 28 April, 683 people were sentenced to death in the city of Minya, Egypt. The same judge then upheld the death sentences of 37 others, with life sentences for 491 more.

Amnesty International say "This is the largest single batch of simultaneous death sentences we’ve seen in recent years, not just in Egypt but anywhere in the world.”

683 people have been sentenced to death in Egypt.

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529 death sentences

An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death.

The judge in the central city of Minya took only two court sessions to issue the death sentences, and lawyers for the defence had no opportunity to argue their case.

In the summer of 2013, hundreds of thousands of Brotherhood supporters took the streets in protest at the army’s coup against the government of Mohamed Morsi.

The military brutally suppressed these demonstrations and declared the Islamist organisation illegal.

An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death.

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Egypt: strikes rock new government

Egypt’s new prime minister Ibrahim Mehlab used his first speech in the role to plead for an end to strikes and protests.

The former Housing Minister, ex-chief of giant building company Arab Contractors, called on Egyptians to “stop all kinds of sit-ins, protests and strikes” and to focus on “building the nation”.

Egypt’s new prime minister Ibrahim Mehlab used his first speech in the role to plead for an end to strikes and protests.

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Egyptian government resigns

On 24 February, the Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi announced the resignation of the entire cabinet with immediate effect.

The announcement followed a wave of strikes in the industrial cities, blackouts, acute shortages in cooking gas and growing public dissatisfaction with the government.

Despite the government’s unpopularity, many were surprised at the announcements, including, it seems, some of the cabinet ministers.

The surprise resignation may serve two purposes.

On 24 February, the Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi announced the resignation of the entire cabinet with immediate effect.

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Egypt: Al-Sisi to stand for President

The 14-15 January referendum on a new Egyptian constitution returned a 98% majority.

However, only 38% of eligible voters took part. The new constitution will replace the one introduced in 2012 under the Muslim Brotherhood presidency of Mohammed Morsi (voted through on a turnout of 33%).

General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the man who oversaw the military coup in Egypt, has announced his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections.

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Egypt: a vote where saying No means jail

On 14 January, polling stations opened in Egypt as part of a referendum on a proposed new constitution. The constitution being voted on was drawn up by the council that has technically ruled the country since the military deposed Mohamed Morsi in July 2014.

Some groups of socialists call for a “no” vote and agitate against military rule. Those that have done so have faced repression. The Revolutionary Socialist group, linked to the British SWP, has seen two leading members, Mahienour el-Masry and Hassan Moustafa, sentenced to two years hard labour for defying anti-protest laws.

On 14 January, polling stations opened in Egypt as part of a referendum on a proposed new constitution. The constitution being voted on was drawn up by the council that has technically ruled the country since the military deposed Mohamed Morsi in July 2014.

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