9 arrested in Cairo over online execution video

Ahram Online , Thursday 25 Jun 2015

A screenshot from the execution video (Photo: Ahram Online)
A screenshot from the execution video (Photo: Ahram Online)

Security forces have arrested nine suspects for killing a man in Helwan and publishing a video of his execution online, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Thursday.

The suspects are allegedly members of the pro-Mohamed Morsi ‘Revolutionary Punishment’ (Al-'iqab Al-Thawri) militant group. They are currently being detained for four days pending investigation.

A video was published on Wednesday on Vimeo website, allegedly by the group, and went viral. It showed the execution of Walid Ahmed, 25, from Helwan in south Cairo.

In the six-minute video, Ahmed is shown confessing to working as informant for the security forces and helping them to arrest protesters at pro-Morsi rallies in the area. 

Ahmed warned others against informing for the police or they would meet the same fate as him. 

At the end of the video, Ahmed was shot 13 times while blindfolded. It is noticeable that the chants used by Islamic State militant group were used in the video. 

The body of a young man was found in the desert of 15th May City on 16 May. After investigation, police discovered it was Ahmed, a microbus driver from Helwan who had been reported missing two days earlier.

‘Revolutionary Punishment’ emerged earlier this year, claiming responsibility for attacks on mobile phone shops and banks across the country, as well attacks against police officers. 

Egypt's government has designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation and launched a crackdown against its leaders and members since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in summer 2013. 

It has arrested hundreds of members and put many on trial on violence-related charges.


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