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Egypt executes nine over 2015 killing of public prosecutor

Egypt has executed nine men convicted of killing the country's top public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, in 2015.

The men were among 28 sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in .

Amnesty International said they were convicted after a grossly unfair trial marred by allegations of torture.

Their executions, the human rights group added, were "a testament to the magnitude of injustice in the country".

Egyptian criminal courts have sentenced hundreds of people to death in cases stemming from alleged political violence since July 2013, when the military overthrew the country's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi.

The Court of Cassation has overturned many of the sentences, but 15 people have now been executed so far this year alone.

Three were convicted over the murder of a senior police officer in Cairo in 2013 and three others over the murder of a judge's son in Mansoura in 2014. Amnesty International said their trials were also marred by torture allegations.

The government blamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and Gaza-based Hamas movement for Barakat's killing, although both denied they were involved.

Several of the men hanged on Wednesday alleged that they were tortured by security personnel to get confessions.

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