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

Monday 18 May 2015

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

Screenshot of Ahram Online's video interview with Hamdeen Sabahi in March 2014.

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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