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Egypt executes student 'tortured to confess' attempted assassination of security official

25-year-old, Moataz Mostafa Hassan [Facebook]
25-year-old, Moataz Mostafa Hassan [Facebook]

Egyptian authorities executed a defendant who was convicted of attempting to assassinate the former head of the Alexandria Security Directorate.

Sisi's Prisons - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Egypt Sisi's Prisons – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The family of 25-year-old, Moataz Mostafa Hassan, was notified of his execution yesterday and told that they can receive his body at the Zeinhom Morgue in Cairo.

In June 2020, the Supreme State Security Court sentenced three defendants, including Hassan, to death, and 11 others to life in prison for the 2018 assassination attempt against General Mostafa El Nemr. Two of the former official's security guards were killed in the incident.

According to the Egyptian Network for Human Rights (ENHR), Hassan was tortured inside one of the security headquarters in Alexandria following his detention and confessed as a result.

Last December, the international human rights watchdog Amnesty International criticised what it described as a "horrifying execution spree" in Egypt.

The human rights organisation Community for Justice documented 87 executions carried out by Egyptian authorities in the two months of October and December 2020, which it describes as a record number.

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