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Egypt carries out first execution on Morsi supporter for murdering youth

A group of men in Alexandria were convicted of murdering a child during political unrest in 2013

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Mar 2015
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An Alexandrian man convicted of murder was hanged on Saturday for the killing of a young man in 2013, becoming the first supporter of former president Mohamed Morsi to be executed in Egypt.
 
Mahmoud Ramadan was executed after exhausting all possible judicial appeals, an interior ministry statement said on Saturday. He was found guilty of “killing a child by stabbing him and throwing him off a roof” according to the court statement.
 
Ramadan, whose body was handed over to his family after the execution, was arrested in July 2013 after a video went viral showing him among a group of men assaulting seemingly young teenagers and throwing two off a high ledge on the roof of a building onto the terrace below.
 
The incident took place in Alexandria's Sidi Gaber district at a time of heightened tensions between opponents and supporters of president Mohamed Morsi, who had just been ousted.
 
Teenagers were believed to have thrown stones at pro-Morsi protesters from the roof, leading to the incident shown in the video when they were assulted by protesters on top of the roof. While one was killed, other teenagers were injured in the assult.
 
Wearing a white blood-stained undershirt, Ramadan appears in the video with a black flag tucked into the back of his trousers. The flag bears the Islamic declaration of faith, a symbol usually deployed by supporters of Islamist militant groups. He also holds a knife in his hand. Shortly after his arrest, he appeared in a televised video admitting killing the victim.
 
Sixty-two other people received different jail sentences in the case alongside Abdel-Nady, including five tried in absentia. Thirteen out of the 62 were sentenced to life in prison.
 
Morsi's ouster on 3 July 2013 was followed by violence across Egypt that saw clashes between his supporters, opponents and the police.  
 
Egyptian courts have issued hundreds of death sentences against Morsi supporters in recent months on murder charges. Most of sentences were later reduced upon the counsel of the mufti.
 
Defendants given death sentences that were not reduced have appealed.
 
Correction: This article originally stated that Ramadan had been convicted of murdering four people; in fact he was only convicted of murdering one. It also incorrectly stated that he had thrown the four victims from the rooftop of a building; in fact the victim was stabbed and then thrown from the roof.
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