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Former presidential candidate Sabahi tweets: Death penalty is not the solution

Leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi tweets against death sentence after 6 men were executed on terrorism charges

Monday 18 May 2015
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Screenshot of Ahram Online's video interview with Hamdeen Sabahi in March 2014.
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Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi criticised the issuing of death penalties on Monday, a day after six Egyptian men were executed on terorrism-related charges.

“Execution is not the solution,” the leftist politician wrote on Twitter.

The six men, including one 19-year-old, were sentenced to death by a military tribunal in October on charges of plotting and carrying out deadly attacks in Qalioubiya and Cairo.

Sabahi was the only contender to challenge former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in last year's presidential elections, garnering just 3 percent of the vote.

The Nasserist politician had come third in the first round of the presidential elections of 2012, which were won by Mohamed Morsi

 
A decision by a Cairo court on Saturday to seek the death sentence for ousted president Morsi and over a hundred others on charges related to a prison break in 2011 brought a barrage of criticism from foreign states, as well as local and international rights groups.
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