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Egypt Executes 9 Men over 2015 Prosecutor Killing Amid Claims of Torture

HeadlineFeb 21, 2019

In Egypt, sources have confirmed nine men were executed Wednesday over the 2015 car bomb killing of chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat. The men testified to being secretly detained, tortured and coerced into confessing. Six others were executed earlier this month over the 2013 killing of a police officer and the 2014 killing of a judge’s son. Egypt has sentenced hundreds of people to death since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power following the 2013 coup. Human rights groups have condemned the executions. In a statement, Amnesty International said, “Egyptian authorities must urgently halt this bloody execution spree which has seen them repeatedly putting people to death after grossly unfair trials in recent weeks.”

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