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Egyptian Kangaroo Courts on death sentences spree

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An Egyptian kangaroo court Sunday (Nov. 25, 2018) confirmed the penalty after being convicted in the death of Hisham Barakat, who was killed in a car bombing in eastern Cairo in 2015, according to the official MENA news agency.

The son of senior Muslim-Brotherhood leader Mohamed Taha Wahdan was among those condemned to death.

There have been no credible claims of responsibility for the deadly bombing that killed the state prosecutor just outside his house. However, the authorities point the finger at members of Egypt's outlawed Muslim-Brotherhood movement.

Barakat was responsible for thousands of controversial prosecutions, including several widely deemed as politically motivated, resulting in death sentences, for hundreds of members of the movement.

The Egyptian government has been cracking down on opposition since the country's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted in a military coup led by General and current President Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013.

Hundreds of Morsi supporters have been sentenced to death, while the former president and top Brotherhood figures have also faced trial.

Human-rights groups say the army's clampdown on the supporters of Morsi has led to the deaths of over 1,400 people and the arrest of 22,000 others, including some 200 people who have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

Following the coup, Cairo also labeled the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist organization" in December 2013 and Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of Brotherhood members to death, including Morsi himself.

Egyptian military junta led by US-client Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has executed 32 people since al-Sisi overthrew the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

According to the New Khaleej, Egyptian authorities have executed 32 people in nine cases since the coup d'e'tat while 64 people are awaiting the death penalty in 13 other cases.

There is no precise count of the number of death sentences pending appeals in Egypt; however, human-rights organizations say they amount to hundreds.

Since 2013, Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds to death, with most of the sentences appealed, while few were carried out.

Egypt upholds death sentence against 80-year-old Quran tutor

The Egyptian government has upheld a death sentence against Sheikh Abdel Halim Gabreel, an 80-year-old Quran tutor, with Amnesty International campaigning for him to receive a presidential pardon.

On 24 September, Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld the death sentences of 20 Egyptians, including Gabreel, who had been convicted of killing 13 policemen during a 2013 attack on a police station in the Giza suburb of Kerdasa in 2013.

Gabreel was arrested while he was in the mosque and was put on trial after six months of investigations, all whilst he was denied a lawyer. Despite not having any political affiliation and stating that he was not involved in the Kerdasa attack, with two witnesses for the prosecution affirming his story, he was sentenced to death.

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