Egypt executes eight men over church bombings

Egypt executes eight men over church bombings

Egypt has executed 8 men sentenced to death over deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group on churches and a police checkpoint, judicial and medical sources said Tuesday.

The convicts, whose final appeal against the execution was denied in May last year, were put to death at dawn on Monday, the sources said.

The convicts were among 17 defendants sentenced to death by a military court in October 2018 for the role they played on attacks on churches in Alexandria, Cairo and Tanta and a police checkpoint in southwestern Egypt, a judicial source revealed AFP.

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The 9 left in absentia were tried and remain on the run.

In the year 2016 and 2017 the 4 attacks targeted solely Christians and killed 88 persons in total.

The Coptic Christian minority is made up of 10 and 15 percent of Egypt’s 100 million population and is targeted by IS particularly.

Executions have highly increased since 2014 when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi took power after championing the army’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Human rights group Amnesty International, which is not in support of the death penalty, said “a mass execution is no way to deliver justice. These men were executed with an unfair military trial.”

“Everybody is entitled to a fair trial, no matter the charges that they are facing.”

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