Target: President and Supreme Court Judge Adly Mahmoud Mansour
Goal: Throw out death sentences for 528 wrongfully tried men in Egypt
The sentencing of 528 people to death by an Egyptian court is a desecration of justice. Many of the men who were convicted to die were not present at the trial. The court tried 545 people on charges ranging from ‘murdering a police officer’ to ‘attempted murder of two police officers’ to ‘setting fire to Mattay police station’, to ‘administering and belonging to a banned group.’ The trial took two days and at the end, the court sentenced 528 to die. The death penalty is the ultimate human rights violation as it takes away a life.
118 of the defendants were in prison and only 64 of them were present in court when the trial began. The hearing lasted less than 30 minutes. The prosecutor did not even read out all the charges, which is required under Egyptian law. In addition to all these gross violations, the judge did not allow the defense to cross-examine any witnesses or examine any of the evidence presented against the convicted 528. When the defense lawyers protested and called for a new judge to take over the case, the presiding judge ordered for armed guards to surround the defense lawyers. When the trial continued the next day, the defense lawyers were not allowed into the courtroom.
The procedures followed by the judicial system in this case are in violation of both national and international law. The government must do everything in its power to throw out these convictions and began the case again in line with international law. Egypt has descended into a state of near anarchy but that is no excuse for the government and its branches to act with impunity when acting on legal cases. Sign this petition to demand the nullification of these charges.
Dear President Adly Mahmoud Mansour,
The recent conviction of 528 men on various charges is a disgrace for your country. The international community is in shock at the obvious lack of regard for the human rights of the men who were sentenced to die. Capital punishment is often regarded as a violation of human rights as it takes away a life. I ask that you immediately throw out all convictions and re-try these men in accordance with international laws.
Doing so will help to salvage Egypt’s government in this difficult time. I also ask that you investigate the actions of the judge and the prosecution lawyers in this case. If necessary, they should be stripped of the right to practice law in Egypt. I urge you to do the right thing for the healing of your country in this case.
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