Four sentenced to death in Egypt for kidnap and murder of child
Four people have been sentend to death by hanging in Egupt after being found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a young boy, the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm reported Friday.
The court found that the four, from a village in the Nile Delta province of al-Sharqiya, had kidnapped Maher Abdel-Raziq's younger son after learning that he had received compensation for the death of his elder son in a 2006 ferry accident, DPA reported.
Abdel-Raziq, an official in the telephone authority, used the money to build a mosque, an orphanage, and to pave a road in the village, the court heard.
Prosecutors said his generosity caught the attention of four neighbours, who then kidnapped his younger son and demanded a ransom of 200,000 Egyptian pounds (36,483 dollars) for his release.
The court ruled that the kidnappers then killed Abdel-Raziq's second son when he was unable to pay, al-Masry al-Youm reported.
The four may appeal the sentence.
Egypt earlier this month executed two men on murder charges, weeks after the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva recommended the country institute a moratorium on the death penalty.
Egyptian diplomats in Geneva said they would need to discuss that recommendation, given as part of the country's Universal Periodic Review by the council, with authorities in Cairo before they could agree.