Former attorney general Hesham Barakat - Archive photo
CAIRO – 20 February 2019: A video of the nine individuals involved in assassinating the country's top prosecutor Hesham Barakat in 2015 proves that the perpetrators gave a full confession to the police without any torture.
The perpetrators spoke intensively in the video about their cooperation with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and how they participated with other vandals in disturbing the public peace before orchestrating the assassination.
The execution of the nine defendants sparked a wide range of controversy on social media platforms with anonymous hackers attempting to infiltrate the Facebook account of the late top prosecutor’s daughter.
The executed individuals were convicted of bombing the convoy of late Hesham Barakat on June 15, 2015, during the holy month of Ramadan. Perpetrators were convicted of deliberate and premeditated killing, possession of prohibited weapons, and explosives acquisition.
The Court of Cassation upheld in November 2018 the death sentences against 10 convicts in the case, as it considered the appeals of 67 defendants.
The appealed rulings include death and life sentences as well as 10-year-terms in prison. On April 19, the Court of Cassation rejected appeals by 46 convicts in the same case upholding their enlistment as terrorists for three years.
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