The Egyptian authorities carried out the death sentence against 7 people convicted of killing a police officer in the Ismailia governorate overlooking the Suez Canal, a security official confirmed yesterday.

The official stated that the Prison Authority executed on Monday a death sentence of 7 suspects, who were convicted of the killing of Captain Ahmed Abu Doma, an aide to the Investigations Department of a third branch in Ismailia.

The events of the case date back to 2013, when Abu Doma was inspecting the security situation and came under fire by unknown persons riding a motorbike and a car.

Earlier, in November 2018 the Court of Cassation dismissed the appeals from the defendants and upheld the criminal court's death sentence.

Previous executions

Egypt ranks sixth on the list of countries that most carry out executions in 2018, according to a report issued by Amnesty International in April 2019, after China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Iraq.

Last month, the Egyptian authorities executed the Libyan Abdel-Rahim Al-Mesmari, who was convicted of carrying out the attack in southern Cairo in October 2017, which killed 16 policemen.

In March, a death sentence was carried out against the former Egyptian Special Forces officer, Hisham Ashmawi, for involvement in several major attacks targeting security forces and prominent personalities after he was extradited by the Libyan side in 2019.

In February the authorities implemented the military court's decision to execute 8 people for carrying out the 2016 and 2017 attacks in which about 75 Egyptian Christians were killed in a case known to the media as the "church bombing."