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Minister of Justice Ahmed Mekki describes recent episode of rough justice in Egypt’s Gharbiya governorate as indication of the state’s demise
Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky on Sunday slammed the public lynching of two men accused of theft in Egypt’s Gharbiya governorate, describing the incident as a sign of “the death of the state.”
In statements to the Turkish Anadolu news agency on Sunday, the minister condemned the incident in which village residents applied the ‘Haraba penalty’ of Islamic law by beating two men accused of theft and hanging them from a tree until they died.
The ‘Haraba’ penalty in Islamic Law means the execution or crucifixion of anyone who terrorises or kills others in order to steal from them. According to most Muslim clerics, only the state has the authority to apply the penalty.