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Egypt executed nine men who ‘are not my father’s killers’

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Report. Egypt executed nine young men on the basis of confessions under torture. The night before they died, the daughter of the victim of the assassination raised serious doubts about their guilt. ‘Executions have spiked’ in Egypt.

written by Chiara Cruciati

Topic Middle East and North Africa

February 22, 2019

When one looks at old photos of the nine, young and smiling with backpacks on their shoulders, it’s hard to imagine that Ahmed Wahdan, Abul Qassem Youssef, Ahmed Gamal Hegazy, Mahmoud al-Ahmady, Abu Bakr Abdel Megid, Abdel Rahman Soliman Kahwash, Ahmed al-Degwy, Ahmed Mahrous and Islam Mekkawy were really the ruthless plotters of a political assassination.

The nine young men who were hanged Wednesday morning in a Cairo prison by the Egyptian regime are just the latest in a campaign of executions that has reached a new level of intensity in recent weeks.

They were convicted—on the basis of their confessions extracted under torture—of having planned and carried out the assassination of former Attorney General Hisham Barakat, killed in June 2015 by a car bomb. According to their........

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