By Darrin Simmons
Impunity Watch Reporter, Middle East
CAIRO, Egypt-Two supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been sentenced to death for their actions during a protest after Morsi was ousted. The two supporters threw two youth off the roof of a building during the violent protests.
The traumatic event occurred on July 5 of last year, two days after Morsi was ousted. Witnesses claimed it to be one of the most dramatic acts of violence on a day where sixteen other people were killed in Alexandria.
Egypt’s state news agency reported that a court in Alexandria found the two men guilty of murdering a child and a young man during the mass protests. Judge Sayed Abdel-Latif stated he would issue the verdict against another sixty defendants charged with violence on that day in another two months. Why the ruling was split, is unclear.
The boy who was killed was nine-year-old Hamada Badr. Witnesses to the incident, including an Associated Press journalist, reported that the boy was stabbed and then thrown off the roof.
“But I want all the Brotherhood leadership tried and sentenced to death,” said Badr Hassouna, the boy’s father who said the verdict was partial vindication.
The other victim was a man in his early twenties who was hurled to his death and Morsi supporters proceeded to beat his lifeless body.
That same day, another twelve people were killed elsewhere in Egypt as tens of thousands of infuriated Morsi supporters took to the street in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Since then, violence has continued.
Last week, 529 Islamists were sentenced to death for killing a policeman in Minya, a province south of Cairo. Morsi and most of the Brotherhood leadership are detained and awaiting trial from charges ranging from murder to incitement of violence to conspiring with foreign destabilization groups.
Almost no official has been held accountable for the killing of protesters. Eight months after Morsi’s ouster, his supporters still protest, sparking clashes in the streets with security forces and political opponents.
Last Friday saw the latest act of violence where five people were killed, including a young female journalist who was shot in the head. Hisham Abdel Hamid, a spokesman for CBC-TV, reported that four others were shot in the head and the chest.
Of the five people killed, one was a Christian woman who was pulled out of her car when protesters spotted a cross inside. She was then shot dead.
For more information, please see the following:
Ahram-Two Islamists sentenced to death for throwing children off roof last July-30 March 2014
Al Jazeera-Egypt sentences Morsi supporters to death-30 March 2014
Huffington Post-Egypt Court Sentences 2 Morsi Supporters To Death-30 March 2014
NBC News-Egyptian Court Sentences Two Morsi Supporters to Death-30 March 2014