Human Rights Watch Urges Egypt to Halt Executions of 6 Men Convicted by Military Court

A rights group is urging Egypt to halt the execution of six men condemned to death by a military tribunal for killing security forces, citing lawyers and family who contend some of them were in jail at the time of the attack. The rights group says the men were part of a group of nine convicted of killing two officers in a 2014 shootout north of Cairo, and it says they should be given a retrial before a civilian court. Since the military ousted an Islamist president in 2013, courts have swiftly dealt out many harsh sentences, including life in prison and death sentences.