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Death penalty divides Egyptians

Despite recent calls for Egypt to abolish capital punishment, getting rid of the death penalty is no simple matter.
Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi listens to his verdict behind bars at a court on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt June 16, 2015. An Egyptian court sentenced Mursi to death on Tuesday on charges of killing, kidnapping and other offences during a 2011 mass jail break.The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and four other Brotherhood leaders were also handed the death penalty. More than 80 others were sentenced to death in absentia. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih - RTX1GQKQ

Egyptian rights activists are demanding the abolition of the death penalty following what they described as “the expansion of death sentences in Egypt” — and as foreign countries and international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch leveled stinging criticism against the Egyptian judiciary.

It began when the military court in Egypt issued a final ruling in March, sentencing to death six persons charged with murder and belonging to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. This case became known in the media as the Arab Sharkas case.

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