Security vs. justice: Mass convictions in Egypt underline judges' power in punishing dissent

February 8, 2015 2:30 PM

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Security vs. justice: Mass convictions in Egypt underline judges' power in punishing dissent

In this Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 photo, Egyptian Judge Mohammed Nagi Shehata, third left, presides over a court hearing in a case against 230 people including Ahmed Douma, one of the leading activists behind the country’s 2011 uprising, in a courtroom of Torah prison, Cairo, Egypt. If you’re branded an enemy of the state in Egypt, you may never get the chance to defend yourself in a justice system racking up convictions in lop-sided mass trials according to legal observers and human rights groups. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is unrepentant, arguing his government must enforce stability at the expense of human rights in a country where many thousands face prosecution after years of unrest. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Raaei) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists gesture from the defendants cage as they receive sentences ranging from death by hanging for one, life in prison for 13 and 8-15 years for the others after they were convicted of murder, rioting,...

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