Death sentence

Ahmed Abdul-Hadi

July 29, 2016

Brief description of case:  

  • Charged in the case of the bombing of the sports stadium in Kafr al-Sheikh in which three military academy students were killed on April 15, 2015.  
  • Ahmed was arrested the day before the crime he was charged with. He was arrested with his brother as they were returning home from work. His brother was later released.
  • Ahmed’s mother searched for him at local detention facilities and police stations. Each time, officers told her to look elsewhere.
  • 15 days after Ahmed’s disappearance, his mother managed to visit him at Kafr al-Sheikh’s central police station. He was limping, appeared skinny and “yellowish,” and would not talk about his detention.
  • He later told his mother that National Security agents had come every morning at 2 a.m. to beat him and give him electric shocks to force him to confess, ordering him to identify the others accused in the bombing case, though he protested that he did not know them.
  • Ahmed told his mother that he went on hunger strike for a time to protest the torture, and that the head of investigations at the police station threatened to retaliate.
  • In March 2016, seven defendants were sentenced to death in the Kafr al-Sheikh stadium case, four of whom were in custody, including Ahmed.  
  • Ahmed is now held in solitary confinement in Alexandria’s Borg al-Arab Prison.



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