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‘Egypt executed 49 prisoners in 10 days’

Egypt executed 49 prisoners in just 10 days in October, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, calling for authorities to “immediately halt” carrying out death sentences.

“Egypt’s mass executions of scores of people in a matter of days is outrageous,” said HRW’s Joe Stork. The systematic absence of fair trials in Egypt, especially in political cases, makes every death sentence a violation of the right to life,” Mr. Stork said in a statement. Of the 49 killed, 15 were men convicted for alleged involvement in political violence.

They were convicted in three separate cases, including 10 prisoners accused of carrying out attacks in 2014 for the Islamist insurgent group Ajnad Masrm (Soldiers of Egypt).

Another three were executed for their alleged involvement in a 2013 attack on a police station in the Kerdassa suburb of Cairo, and two others for a violent demonstration in Alexandria in 2013.

The executions come after four security officers in Cairo were reported to have been killed by prisoners on death row, and four prisoners then killed when they allegedly tried to escape, HRW said.

Other prisoners put to death had been sentenced for crimes, including murder and rape.

HRW estimates that since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected in 2014, Egypt has become one of the top 10 countries carrying out death sentences.

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