Cairo criminal court sentences 6 to death, including a woman and 2 journalists

June 21, 2016

The Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Mohammed Shareen Fahmy and held at the Police Academy, ruled on June 18, 2016, in case No. 10154 of 2014 and case number 3690 of 2014:

Life imprisonment for the democratically-elected President, Mohamed Morsi, and his aides Ahmed Abdel Atti and Ameen Sairafi, and Ameen’s daughter Kareema Ameen Sairafi.

Death sentences were also upheld for: Ahmed Afifi (Documentary Producer; detained), Mohamed Kelani (EgyptAir host; detained), Ahmed Ismail (Egyptian Lecturer at the University of Science and Technology; detained), Asmaa’ al-Khateeb (Journalist at Rassd media network; absentia), Alaa Sablan (Jordanian Producer at al-Jazeera channel; absentia), and Ibrahim Helal (Former director of news at al-Jazeera; absentia).

The defendants were accused by Egypt’s army-backed authorities of spying for Qatar and leaking classified documents to the Gulf during Morsi’s single year as President.

The number of persons referred to the Mufti since July 2013 to date is 1808, with 756 of the sentences ratified by the Mufti, and seven executions carried out.


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