πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡¬ Egypt executes nine over 2015 murder of prosecutor Hisham Barakat | Al Jazeera English

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Published on 20 Feb 2019, 15:16
Egyptian authorities have executed nine suspected Muslim Brotherhood members convicted of the involvement in the assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

The executions, by hanging, were carried out on Wednesday in a Cairo prison.

In November, Egypt's top appeals court had confirmed the death sentence for the nine people convicted in then-chief prosecutor Barakat's murder in June 2015.

An interior ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to brief media, told the AP news agency that the families of the men were told to pick up their bodies from a Cairo morgue. A total of 15 people have been executed in Egypt since the start of the year.

Rights group Amnesty International had appealed to the authorities on Tuesday to halt the executions, citing testimony by the defendants that they had been secretly arrested and tortured into confessing.

Hussein Baoumi, an Egypt Researcher at Amnesty International, talked to Al Jazeera about the executions.

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