Egypt executes nine convicted in criminal cases, including woman

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 27 Jun 2021

Sources told Ahram Online that the nine had been convicted in murder and theft cases

Appeal Prison

Cairo Appeals Prison witnessed the execution of nine people on Sunday, a statement by the Egyptian Prisons Authority said.

The executed defendants, including a woman, were convicted in criminal cases of murder and theft, the statement added without giving further details.

"The families of the deceased were informed of the timing of the executions and were told that in case they refuse to receive their bodies the state will bury them and will pay for the expenses of the burial," an informed source told Ahram Online.

According to the Egyptian penal code the government covers the expenses for the burial, unless the convict’s relatives wish to do themselves without any ceremony.

Egypt has witnessed an increase in recorded executions in the past years from 32 in 2019 to 107 in 2020, according to Amnesty International.

In 2021, at least 50 men and women were executed, including nine in Giza’s Kerdasa police station case, in which several policemen were killed in 2013, and one monk for killing Bishop Epiphanius, the head of Abu Makar Monastery in the summer of 2018.

Egypt has been adopting tough policies against crime, sabotage and terrorism since 2014 in an attempt to restore security and stability after years of turmoil following the 25 January 2011 uprising.

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