Amnesty international condemns 'mass execution' carried out in Egypt
The men were among 17 defendants who were sentenced to death by a military court in October 2018, in relation to deadly attacks on three churches and a police checkpoint that killed 88 individuals.
“The attacks on Coptic Christian churches and a police checkpoint in 2017 were appalling, and the perpetrators should be held to account for their crimes. But a mass execution is no way to deliver justice," said Phil Luther, Amnesty International’s regional Research Director.
"These men were executed following an unfair military trial and amid allegations that they were subjected to enforced disappearances and torture. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial, regardless of the charges that they are facing".
"Since 2013, executions have soared in Egypt, with the authorities often putting people to death in grossly unfair trials marred by torture allegations. We call on Egypt to halt this alarming trend," he said.
"The other defendants accused of involvement in these horrific crimes must be retried in a civilian court in proceedings that comply with international human rights law and fair trial standards."
According to a joint report issued by the Egyptian Front for Human Rights and Committee for Justice, several defendants in the case told prosecutors that they were subjected to enforced disappearance and torture, based on the casefile of the case.
"Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner," read a press release issued by the organisation.
"The death penalty is a violation of the right to life; it is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment."