Egypt Daily Update: Amnesty International Releases Evidence of Extrajudicial Execution

August 8, 2017

Amnesty International Releases Evidence of Extrajudicial Execution

Authorities Refer Hurghada Attackers to Mental Institution

Egypt Tightens Eligibility for Food Subsidies

Cartoon of the Day: The New Suez Canal

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Amnesty International Releases Evidence of Extrajudicial Execution

Amnesty International released a report today stating that an investigation suggests that Egyptian security forces “forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed a schoolteacher who went missing after his arrest on 9 April.” Eyewitness testimony and documentary evidence indicates that Mohamed Abdelsatar was arrested by security forces in civilian clothes from the al-Azhar affiliated Abdel Samie Saloma school on April 9. Though there is substantial evidence that shows that Abdelsatar was arrested from his workplace, the Ministry of Interior claimed [Ar] on May 8 that Abdelsatar was killed in a shootout with police in Tanta along with a second man, Abdallah Ragab, after resisting arrest. The Ministry also claimed that the men were wanted on charges of assisting terrorist groups and belonged to the militant groups Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra, though no evidence was provided to support those claims. Mohamed Abdelsatar’s brother told Amnesty that when he saw his brother’s body, he saw two gunshot wounds in his back and large scratches on his hand.

Najia Bounaim, North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International, said that“Abdelsatar was in police custody for at least 27 days while his family desperately searched for him only to find his bullet-ridden corpse in the morgue.” She noted that “these unlawful killings are routinely celebrated as the successful ‘liquidation of terrorists’ by police, safe in the knowledge that they need not fear investigation for their crimes.”


Authorities Refer Hurghada Attacker to Mental Institution

Abdel Rahman Shams Shaaban, the man accused of stabbing six women at a Red Sea resort, has been committed [Ar] to a mental institution for 45 days by the State Security Prosecution. The defendant’s lawyer, Khaled al-Masrysaid that Shaaban will be evaluated during his time in the facility. Shaaban is accused of killing three female tourists and injuring three more. Shaaban was arrested immediately after, and anonymous security sources have said that Shaaban had asserted loyalty to the Islamic State. However, the Islamic State has not officially claimed responsibility.


Egypt Tightens Eligibility for Food Subsidies

The Egyptian government tightened rules for obtaining food subsidy cards on Tuesday by limiting the number of new claimants for each family and setting income limits. The new rules do not apply to the 20.8 million current holders of subsidy cards, but they will apply to new applicants for subsidy cards as Egyptian poverty increases with a rapidly growing population. The new guidelines will limit the number of family members eligible for a card to four, and Egyptians who make more than 1,500 Egyptian pounds (USD 84.50) a month working full time or receive a monthly pension of 1,200 Egyptian pounds (67.50) or more will not be eligible for the subsidy cards. The food subsidy reform is part of a greater IMF-backed austerity initiative linked to a 12 billion dollar three-year IMF loan that Egypt agreed to last November.


Cartoon of the Day: The New Suez Canal

On straw: “the new Suez Canal”
Carlos Latuff- Rassd News – 08/07/2017


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