Sisi to rename Rabaa Square after slain prosecutor Barakat

Egyptian President Sisi intends to rename Rabaa Square after killing of top prosecutor Hisham Barakat

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi announced on Tuesday his intention to rename Rabaa Square, the site where at least 800 people, mostly Muslim Brotherhood members, were killed in August of 2013, after the military toppled the first publicly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Sisi said he plans to change the name of Rabaa Square to Hisham Barakat Square.

Hisham Barakat died of injuries from a bomb attack in Cairo on Monday.

He was one of the top prosecutors handling the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Barakat was the most high-profile figure to be assassinated since the 90s in Egypt.

Egyptian President Sisi also announced his decision to strengthen laws against armed groups following the killing of the prosecutor.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack which was deemed “cowardly” by Amnesty International.

The attack had come straight after the execution of six alleged militants, after which groups affiliated with ISIS called for attacks on the judiciary.

Sisi vowed to implement swift action against those that carried out the killing of Barakat, saying “If there is a death sentence, a death sentence will be implemented.”

"The arm of justice is chained by the law. We're not going to wait for this. We're going to amend the law to allow us to implement justice as soon as possible," Sisi said.

Said Boumedouha of Amnesty International said, “If the rule of law is to prevail in Egypt, judges and prosecutors must be free to do their jobs without the threat of violence. However, the Egyptian authorities must not use such threats as a pretext for trampling upon human rights.”

Human rights groups are concerned that the Egyptian justice system is turning a blind eye to greater abuses perpetrated by the police and military.

TRTWorld and agencies