To: President Abdelfattah al-Sisi Cc: His Excellency Ahmed Mahmoud A. Abu Zeid Ambassador, Arab Republic of Egypt
I am an engineer writing to you from London, Canada. I am concerned that the rights of 12 death row prisioners (Abdelrahman Abdelhamid el-Bar, Mohamed Mohamed Ibrahim el-Beltagy, Safwat Mohamed Hamouda Higazy, Osama Yassin, Ahmed Mohamed Aref, Ihab Wagdi Mohamed, Mohamed Abdelhai Hussein al-Faramawy, Mostafa Abdelhai Hussein al-Faramawy, Ahmed Farouk Kamel, Haytham al-Sayed al-Araby, Mohamed Mahmoud Ali Zanati and Abdelazim Ibrahim Attiya) are being violated. The Court of Cassation upheld their death sentences on 14 June 2021, even though individual criminal responsibility was never established at trial and no investigations were made into credible allegations of torture during pre-trial detention. Amnesty International has called their mass trial “grossly unfair”.
I call on you to commute their death sentences, quash their convictions, and order a retrial in accordance with international fair trial standards. Furthermore, since the judiciary standard of mass trials is so flawed and the death penalty is irreversible, I ask you to halt any planned executions, commute all existing death sentences, and establish an immediate and official moratorium on executions with a view to abolish the practice entirely.
Egypt it the cultural soul of the Arab world. We look to Egypt for the future, but currently are seeing the past. Please act for progress and justice at every opportunity.
I look forward to your reply on this urgent matter.
Sincerely, Shawn Nock