Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK (AOHR UK) has said that by executing the young detainee Moataz Mustafa Hassan Kamel Abdullah on Sunday 4 July, following his politicized trial, the Egyptian authorities committed another premeditated murder.
AOHR UK holds the international community responsible for Egyptian authorities’ brutality and their continued, cold-blooded killing of opponents – this same community is shamefully silent in the fact of the Egyptian regime’s appalling human rights record, and indeed continues to cooperate with it, particularly in the military and security realms.
The death sentence, passed on June 14, 2020, was – like all such rulings – based on the flimsiest of evidence: Anonymous security investigations, confessions extracted under torture, and clear malpractice from the public prosecutor, which forged the arrest report and refused to open investigations into detainees’ claims of torture.
Moataz Mustafa was arrested on 24 April 2018 and remained “disappeared” – detained without any judicial involvement – until June 28 the same year, when his arrest was announced. A video of his “confession” was released; the effects of the beatings and terrible torture were visible in his broken teeth and bruised face.
AOHR UK has indicated that with the execution of Moataz Mustafa Hassan, the number of those murdered by the state in this manner has risen to 93. A further 65 others are awaiting execution at any moment, with all legal means exhausted.
AOHR UK calls on all human-rights organisations and defenders, all activists and journalists around the world to together condemn such death sentences in Egypt, and to put pressure on the international community to take decisive measures to halt the implementation of this punishment – time is running out, and dozens of lives are at risk.