CAIRO, ($1=15.71 Egyptian Pounds) – On Sunday, September 5, the Egyptian Criminal Court in the Red Sea sentenced to death two Egyptians, seven Pakistanis and one Iranian, following the religious opinion of the Egyptian mufti regarding their execution, because they were accused of bringing more than two tons of heroin aboard in the Red Sea, with an estimated value of about two billion.
The incident is due to the surveillance of the Egyptian security services for the intention to form a gang to bring a large shipment of drugs to Egypt, preparing and equipping a merchant ship flying the flag of a foreign country and transporting the shipment through the Red Sea. Cases of drugs, weapons, and eight others are held by the nationalities of Pakistan and Iran.
The suspects were arrested while the ship was in Egyptian territorial waters of the Red Sea, as inspections led to the seizure of large quantities of drugs hidden in a secret warehouse, specially prepared in the hull of the merchant ship for this purpose, and consisted of 1,900 large rolls of “raw heroin” and 99 rolls of “raw ice”, in addition to sums of money amounting to 305,000 Iranian rials, 3375 Pakistani rupees, and 171 USD.
In parallel, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced three Libyans to death by hanging, three others – including a Libyan – to life in prison for 25 years, and four Egyptian defendants to 15 years in prison, claiming they were accused of “spying with a foreign country” and joining the terrorist organization ISIL.
The ruling includes a fine of three million Egyptian pounds for ISIL and the organization’s inclusion in terrorist lists, with suspects placed under the supervision of Egyptian police for five years after the sentence and undergoing rehabilitation courses.
The Egyptian prosecutor has referred the accused to an “emergency” criminal court for state security, as he committed the crime of communicating with the terrorist group “Islamic State” and its deterrence brigades in the state of Libya, to commit terrorist crimes against Egyptian citizens residing in Libya, kidnapping some of them and physically torturing them to get ransom money from their relatives in exchange for their release.
The defendants were charged with providing funds and information to the Islamic State group and trafficking human beings through smuggling of illegal immigrants, according to some Bedouin elements based on their infiltration of Egypt’s western borders into Libya.
The human rights organization, the Committee on Justice, has previously monitored Egyptian courts issuing 2,595 death sentences since the July 3, 2013 coup, the largest number of executions in Egyptian history, more than double the number of executions. death sentences sentenced to more than 30 years, during which Egypt was convicted by President The late ousted Hosni Mubarak.
The foundation pointed out that mass death sentences during the Sisi era were handed down by unnatural and exclusive courts whose members were elected in a selective manner and in violation of the independence of the judiciary provided for in the constitution and law, while the Shehab Center for Human Rights documented the issuance of 1,565 death sentences by Egyptian political judges between 2013 and 2021. At least 97 defendants were executed.
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