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News code: 26299
Published Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018 - 11:12:21
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Freedom and Justice Party urges UN, EU to stop Egypt executions

Freedom and Justice Party urges UN, EU to stop Egypt executions
World  - Days after a court in Egypt sentenced 75 people to death , including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, the political wing of the organisation has urged the international community to take "urgent measures" to halt their execution and investigate the "improper" mass trial.


Senior Brotherhood leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed Beltagi were among the 75 sentenced to death, while Mohamed Badie, the organisation's spiritual leader, along with 46 others, were handed a life sentence.

Nearly 600 others received prison terms ranging from five to 15 years. Among them was Al Jazeera journalist Abdullah Elshamy, who was sentenced to 15 years in absentia.

The UK-based human rights organization Amnesty International called the mass trials a "disgrace", while the UN human rights office asked Egypt to overturn the death sentences.

The crackdown on dissent in Egypt since 2013 has seen the authorities prosecuting hundreds of people for protesting against the military coup, even as those trials have been repeatedly questioned by the UN and other international agencies.

On the morning of August 14 that year, Egyptian security forces moved into Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and opened fire, killing more than 800 people within hours, in what came to be known as the Rabaa massacre.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters and pro-democracy activists were arrested on the day of the massacre and in the following months.

In 2014, an Egyptian court ordered the FJP's dissolution, months after the designation of the Brotherhood as a "terrorist organisation".

Since the 2013 coup, a police crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which maintains that it is a peaceful organisation, has left hundreds dead and tens of thousands in jail, many under draconian anti-protest laws.

 

News Code: 26299
Published Date: Wednesday 12 September 2018 - 11:12:21
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