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Egypt's slain top prosecutor buried in family cemetery

Egypt's top prosecutor Barakat, who was killed in a bomb attack on Monday, was buried in family cemetery following a military funeral led by President El-Sisi

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jun 2015
Hisham Barakat
Egypt's top prosecutor coffin carried by the mourners at his family cemetery in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, 30 June, 2015 (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s late top prosecutor Hisham Barakat was buried on Tuesday in his family cemetery in Mokattam, Cairo following a military funeral held for him at Mosheer Tantawy mosque in New Cairo.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi joined tens of mourners today at the funeral prayers for Egypt’s top prosecutor, who was killed in a bomb attack on his motorcade on Monday.

El-Sisi also led a military-style procession with mourners to honour Barakat.

The ceremony, which was attended by top Egyptian officials and ministers, was secured by tight security detail including army units, as well as helicopters that hovered over the area for several hours.

Barakat, who was 65, died in hospital on Monday after he was seriously injured in the bomb attack in Heliopolis, Cairo.

After graduating from the faculty of law at Cairo University in 1973, Hisham Barakat started his career in the prosecution, reaching the position of head of Cairo's appeals court.

Barakat had started serving as prosecutor general since July 2013, when he was appointed by then interim president Adly Mansour in the aftermath of the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

He was due to keep his position until 2020.

A memorial service for Barakat will be held later Tuesday evening after night prayers, also at Mosheer Tantawy Mosque.

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