Six executed in ‘Arab Sharkas’ case

Egypt executes 6 civilians in the case known publicly as ‘Arab Sharkas,’ amid doubts over the fairness of the trials

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Six Egyptian civilians were executed early Sunday for being affiliated with "terrorist" groups, killing Army officers and committing acts of violence in the town of ‘Arab Sharkas’ near Cairo, Egypt’s capital.

In heavy fighting that extended over the course of two days in the area during March 2014 eight Egyptian army officers were killed, and several other militants who attacked the army bus were also killed.

Some of the six executed civilians were actually arrested before the “Arab Sharkas,” incident, such as Abdel Rahman Sayed, who was only 19 at the time of his execution.

The sources said that the six were transferred from Al Aqrab prison before the announcement of the execution, according to lawyers and relatives of the victims.

Families of the victims claim they were detained in Al Azouli prison in Ismailia for most of their period of detention, during which time they were severely tortured.

According to Al Jazeera, the rapid implementation of the death penalty - especially as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was quick to ratify it after the rejection of the repeal - has been seen as evidence supporting the belief political activists that the intention is to remove any opposition to the governing system.

“What happened on Sunday is a new massacre against innocent people, killed unjustly in the hands of the Egyptian authorities and the Egyptian judiciary,” said Salma Ashraf, a human rights activist.

“If Egypt keeps ignoring international appeals to stop the executions, the judges are the real criminals who should be tried and have severe sanctions imposed on them, because of the lack of rule of justice and their disregard for the lives of innocent people and the determination to proceed with their oppression.”

TRTWorld and agencies