An Egyptian court referred the papers of 10 people to the Grand Mufti of the Republic give his opinion on their execution in the case known in the media as the “Helwan Brigades” case.
One of the 10 who have been referred to the Grant Mufti is being tried in absentia. Out of 215, 53 are being tried in absentia, at the Terrorism Department of the Cairo Criminal Court.
Our sources reported that the 10 people whose papers have been referred to the Grand Mufti belong to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The defendants are charged with leading a “an outlawed group that calls for the disruption of the provisions of the constitution and laws”, as well as carrying out acts of violence against policemen between 2013 and 2015.
Since 2013, the Egyptian judiciary has been issuing politicised sentences against opponents. In 2020, Egypt has ranked third on the list of countries implementing the most death sentences after China and Iran, with 107 death sentences in that year.
We stress that the international community must intervene to stop the implementation and issuance of these executions, which have been issued against hundreds of the innocent since the military coup in Egypt.