Today, Monday, the Egyptian Ministry of Interior announced that two “militants” were killed in a security raid in the north of the country. The Court of Cassation also upheld the execution of 6 opponents in Kerdasa, Giza governorate.
These developments come as night demonstrations take place daily in a number of villages in Egypt, denouncing the living conditions and demanding the departure of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
According to a statement by the Egyptian Interior, information was received by the National Security Sector in hiding two of what it described as high-risk terrorist elements in one of the apartments in Qalyubia Governorate (Nile Delta / North), and taking them as a den to prepare and plan to commit hostile operations during the coming period (he did not specify it).
The statement added that the forces raided the apartment, and the dealings resulted in the killing of the two “terrorist” elements, namely Hussam Abd Rabbo Karkit (42 years), and Ahmed al-Sayyid al-Bayoumi (37 years).
It was not possible to obtain immediate comment from an independent source, eyewitnesses, or the families of the dead regarding the statement. However, local and international human rights centers usually accuse the security services of their habit of eliminating unarmed opponents upon arrest, which is usually denied by these agencies and considers them lies.
In a previous statement, the Shehab Center for Human Rights told Al-Jazeera Net, “The number of those who were liquidated and executed by the Ministry of Interior, allegedly by the exchange of fire, exceeded 500 since 2013, of whom 56 were proven to have been detained or forcibly disappeared in the possession of the police.”
According to local and international human rights organizations, the Egyptian authorities pursue a policy of physically liquidating political opponents under various pretexts, and according to the Egyptian Observatory for Rights and Freedoms, there are 681 cases of extrajudicial killing of citizens by the army and police forces without investigating a single murder.
In a related context, the Court of Cassation in Egypt, today, Monday, upheld the death sentence against 6 opponents in the case known in the media as the “Popular Resistance Committee of Kerdasa”, and upheld the punishment of 41 accused with life imprisonment.
While the Court of Cassation replaced the sentences of 7 convicts by amending their sentence to 15 years imprisonment, and reducing it by punishing them with 10 years imprisonment.
In August 2019, the Cairo Criminal Court had sentenced 6 defendants to death in the case and sentenced 41 defendants to life imprisonment, including 13 in presence and 28 in absentia, while 7 accused were issued with 15 years imprisonment and 10 years imprisonment for 7 other defendants. Criminal Child Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed, sentenced to 3 years.
The events of the case took place in 2013 in the Kerdasa and Nahya police station district, after the dispersal of the Rab’a and al-Nahda sit-ins.
The Public Prosecution charged the defendants with several crimes, including disrupting the provisions of the constitution and the law, preventing state institutions from carrying out their work, and convicting them of driving and joining a banned group and committing acts of violence that killed 3 people, including a police secretary, as well as possession of weapons and ammunition in violation of the law.
The issuance and implementation of death sentences in cases related to the turbulent situation in Egypt after the military coup that took place on the third of July 2013, despite the condemnation of international human rights and political circles.
Since the seventh of March 2015, the Egyptian authorities have executed 42 people, and dozens of others are awaiting similar sentences. Egyptian opponents say that among those executed or awaiting execution, detainees were forcibly disappeared and tortured in order to confess to crimes they did not commit.