CAIRO: A man convicted of throwing four teens from a building roof in Alexandria was executed by hanging Saturday, the Ministry of Interior announced Saturday.
This is the first announced execution of a person convicted among alleged Muslim Brotherhood supporters since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
On Feb. 5, the Court of Cassation upheld the death sentence for Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan on charges of throwing 4 teenagers to their death from a building in Alexandria in 2013 following the ouster.
The same court upheld life sentences for 57 co-defendants over charges related to the death of four and belonging to the Brotherhood. Video footage showed Ramadan and some of defendants throwing the children off the roof, and al-Qaeda flags are seen in Ramadan’s possession.
The initial death and life sentences were handed down on March 29, 2014 by an Alexandria Criminal Court.
Rulings of executions go through several levels of litigation and in many cases are commuted. Hundreds of the Muslim Brotherhood members and supports were given death penalties in 2014; in procedures of appealing, most of the sentences have been commuted.
Death penalties against the MB defendants have been given over charges of killing, murder attempts, illegal protesting, disturbing the public order, attacking police and military personnel, possessing weapons, and belonging to a terrorist group. Egypt designated the Brotherhood a terrorist group in December 2013.
With 12 cases, Egypt ranked 17th out of 82 countries that executed convicts in 2007-2012, according to an Amnesty International report. China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the U.S. topped the list.
In June 2014 alone, Egypt executed some 10 people on charges of murder, rape and robbery.