An Egyptian judge sentenced nine defendants to death yesterday, accusing them of killing former general prosecutor Hisham Barakat in 2015, hoping that the killer is among them.
Hassan Farid, the judge issuing the death sentence, said the security apparatus did everything in its power to identify the killer. “But we live in dangerous times, forcing our police to work around the clock. There is simply not enough time to search for the conclusive evidence that would establish the killer’s identity, especially when the suspects are not mere citizens, but Muslim Brothers.”
Despite the police force’s heavy workload, the judge assured that it has exerted every possible effort to find the truth. “They tortured the convicts for three years, attempting to extract a confession from one of them, but to our surprise, everyone ended up pledging guilty on all accounts. This left the police unable to separate the killer from the innocent.”
The case does not close with the execution of the nine defendants. “The investigations will continue until the identity of the actual killer has been established,” said the judge. “If it turns out that the nine people we executed are innocent, we will be forced to execute another six who are currently sentenced to life imprisonment.”
He added, “Even if the killer is not among the final six, there are millions of people in Egypt that have voted for the Muslim Brotherhood who we can also put on trial and execute.”