Death penalty not solution: Sabahi joins capital punishment critics
Hamdeen Sabahy,the head of the Egyptian Popular Current - YOUM/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: “Those who think the death penalty is the solution are wrong,” former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy, tweeted Monday following a series of death sentences and executions.

Sabbahi, a prominent Nasserite, did not specify which death penalty, as dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members, including former President Mohamed Morsi, and six others were executed Sunday following a military trial on their “terrorist activities.”

On Sunday, Seven convicts, allegedly members of the outlawed Ansar Bayt al Maqdis group, were hanged to death Sunday over violence that followed the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, several local media outlets reported.

The six convicts were charged in a case known in the media as “the Arab Sharkas case,” named after a village in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Qalyubia, in which police forces carried out a raid on “terrorists” who killed two military officers.

On Saturday, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Morsi and 105 Brotherhood defendants to death over escaping from Wadi al-Natroun prison, north of Cairo, in 2011. The court will uphold or commute the sentence on June 2, after the Grand Mufti sends his unbinding opinion to the judge.  The sentence may be challenged before the Cassation Court after that date.

Similarly, the same judge, Shaban el-Shamy, sentenced 16 to death for spying for Hamas Saturday.

Sabahy, who supported the 2013 ouster of Morsi, said in press statements last week “the current political atmosphere could [not] produce a parliament that inspires the ideas of both of the January 25 (2011) and June 30 (2013) revolutions.”

“Corruption is still present and social justice is absent, as if we are still in [former President Hosni] Mubarak’s time,” he added.

Sabbahi ran for presidency twice; he ranked third in 2012 after Morsi and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik third with more than 5 million votes. He was the only presidential candidate in 2014 along with now-President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Sabahy netted less than 5 percent of the total votes.

In 2011, Sabahy established the Popular Current party, which joined the National Salvation Front in 2012, months after Morsi assumed power.

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