Egyptian court upholds death penalty imposed on three Seychelles nationals


The highest Court of Appeal in Egypt has upheld the death penalty imposed on three Seychellois nationals convicted of drug trafficking, the Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) says it has learnt today.
In a press statement issued this afternoon, MFA said the three men who are currently being detained in Egypt’s Qena prison have lost their appeal against the death sentence imposed on them last year.
Ronny Norman Jean, Yvon John Vinda and Dean Dominic Loze were sentenced to death by execution on April 7, 2013, the sentence was confirmed on June 3, 2013.
Ever since the death sentence was imposed on the three Seychellois nationals, the Seychelles government had been appealing to the Egyptian government to commute their sentences to life imprisonment.
“Although it is the government’s policy to respect the sovereignty and judicial process in other countries, it nevertheless upholds the rights of its citizens to a fair trial. To this end, whilst reassuring the Egyptian authorities of its “zero tolerance” policy against drug trafficking, the Government wrote in 2013 to the Egyptian to appeal for a fair trial and the avoidance of capital punishment which does not exist in our legal system,” reads the MFA statement issued this afternoon.
“In the same vein, the Government took all measures practical and feasible to ensure that the Seychellois obtained the required legal and consular representation.”
The decision made known today implies that execution orders will now follow. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not specify if a date had been set for the sentence to be applied.
Executions are usually carried out by hanging in Egypt.
In spite of the recent development the archipelago’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have made known the government’s intention to continue negotiating with the Egyptian authorities on the matter.
“…..the Government is not relenting in its efforts to pursue all possible diplomatic and legal avenues in consultation with the Egyptian authorities to avert the death penalty,” concludes the MFA statement.
The three Seychellois men were arrested on April 22, 2011 by the Egyptian police onboard a boat near the Red Sea coastal town of Marsa Alam. They were together with a British national identified as Charles Raymond Ferndale, who is said to be the owner of the vessel and another Pakistani national.
They were accused and charged for attempting to smuggle three tonnes of hashish, worth almost £3million, in 118 bags into Egypt.
It is believed that the drugs found in the South African flagged vessel originated from Pakistan.
All five men were sentenced to death, but the Pakistani national was said to have fled the scene and was sentenced in absentia.

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  1. One in picture is missing?

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  2. We have to say ,that Pl thieves busy robbing the people have done little to geta deal or have our three Seychellois conpatriots freed.Now that marionette of USA SISi is on power,Pl should it has interest in having our people release could have ask SISI to free our citizens Pl.

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  3. Has any government officials ever visited our three citizens in Egyptain notorious jailed?Have their family members herad anything via the government of their conditions be it their health,mental,detention conditions and so forth?

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  4. SPTC!doing dirty job for PP Escobar now price must be pay,but not in brutal way and a lesson for all youths that going in this business and doing dirty jobs for this corrupt regime..
    If this three Seychellios don't have a fair trail all tight and relation with Egypt must put in a toilets.basta

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  5. No none of them may be if their father or mother was minister will be a visit every week.

    DISCRIMITION STILL OUT THERE.

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  6. The people of Sisel are gutless. When the Egyptian ambassador was in Sisel no one make a single protest or public demonstration against the death penalty. Stand up to your rights Siselois or shut up for ever!

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  7. Hanging is a terrible way to die, even for a drug trafficker.
    Jean Paul Adam should seek leniency and ask that they simple be shot with a firing squad. It is much quicker and much more painless.
    It is the least he can do after failing to secure a life sentence.

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  8. Rock and a hard spot.

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  9. How come Michel was able to get a pardon for his son on death row in Singapore and can't do the same for these 3. He gifted Khalifa in return for his son freedom our dignity as a sovereign country. Now Seychelles belongs to Kalifa. We are all paying for his son's freedom. His sister was pardon in the Seychelles jail as well for drug trafficking. The least he can do is get these 3 men sentence reduced to 10 or 15 years since they did commit the crime and need to pay for it. Just like his son got his sentence reduced to 8 years instead of the gallows do the same for these people James Michel

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  10. A lesson for Pp Government to learn that sometimes democracy can be useful.
    If the people of Seychelles were allowed to demonstrate against the death penalty on the public row! The world have been aware of the plight of their three citizens on death row!
    It is not too late for the gutless to come on the road and show solidarity against death penalty and beg for clemency through international media, and we shall see if Pp government backs their concern.

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  11. Hanging is a barbaric way to be punished. Life sentence shouldne pleaded by Seychelles government.
    If that fails, which it will likely, method of death must be pleaded to be as humane as possible.

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  12. Loze worked at Lemuria Hotel.

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  13. They don't stand up to rise their voice because they been to passive for decade.

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  14. It seems Pl regime has long forgotten the three Seychellois jailed in Egypt.May be because execution is not seen by Pl butcher Michel as a brutal means of exterminating people as he himself has exterminated his own people cold blooded.In other words,Michel the Butcher does not feel execution is wrong,he might even find fun seeing his own people executed.

    Family members should unite and through NGOS(those USA just bail out with million of dollars and supposedly NGOS fighting for Human rights,Prisoners etc..)should get pro-active in order to put pressure of Michel the butcher regime to do more to get our three young men back home.This could start by sending a petition for action by Pl and if nothing is done that satisfy families and NGOS a peaceful protest of support to victims should not be over rule.The lesson we learnt through the years as SFP has proudly demonstatered is that "If you want to get Pl thugs off the backside and get thing done you need to insert breathless pressure the one-party state else nothing at all will be done.


    Jeanne D'Arc

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  15. 10.32
    We donot really know the real story.Where the three Seychellois aware that the ship they in was teemed with drugs?or were they only scapegoats ?We have seen such scenario palyed in the case of Hoarua case whereby it seems crew members were victims of organized crimes and be made scapegoat for Hoarua in order tzhat the alter can operate his drug trafficking transportation without directly getting involve himself.Whne he was apprehended under ,suddenly it were the crew who were first made culprits but after crew refuted all invovlemnt and porbably Hoarua was being clearing becoming the real culprit ,Govinden a Hoarua friend and complice made all possible by raping our justice system to get his friend hoarau out of the risk of being identify as drug trafficker better also from facinf prison sentences.It would have been a big blow for Pl for hoarau is an active Pl member.

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  16. Death sentence is a primitive way of punishment human beings unless use to punish tyrannts to the likes of Michel whose bestial crimes committed on his own people deserve a capital sentence be it by hanging,beheaded,execution.gliotine whatever.E.g the haging on Saddam of Hussein,etc...

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  17. pL TALKS ABOUT "WE DONOT HAVE CAPITAL SENTENCE IN OUR COUNTRY SEYCHELLES"dONKEYS Egypt IS INDEPEDENCNE MIT APLLIES IT OWN LAWS AND NOT THAT OF SEYCHELLES SO WHAT THE HELL YOU TALKING ABOUT "WE DONOT HAVE CAPITAL SETENCE IN SEYCHELLES"wAHT YOU SHOULD BE DOING DONKEY IS ASKING YOUR DEPOT FRIEND kHALFIA WHO IS A SPONSOR OF sisss DICTATORSHIP TO HELP YOU GET OUR THREE SEYCHELLOIS OUT OF dICTAOTR SISSI HELL.aND BY USING African uNION,hUAMN RIGHTS iNTENRATIONAL GROUPS ,aMESNTY iNTENRATIONAL AND OTHER iNTENRATIONAL ORGANIZATION TO GET THEM OUT MARON.yOU GO AND MADE PSEEHC ON wE DONOT HAVE CAPITAL SENTENCES IN Seychelles dONKEY AS IF Egypt WOULD APPLY Seychelles CRIMINAL LAW IN Egypt.wHY ARE YOU MARONS pL?

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  18. Time is running out but don't count PI out yet.
    We know who are their friends.
    Yes!
    ARABS!
    Money can talk!

    Petro dollar.

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  19. Death row for such young men. Pray for their souls.

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  20. We have death penalty in Seychelles. It may not be administered by the court of law, but it is administered by the law of the party in power since 1977. How were the following sentenced for their beliefs; Desnousse, Asher Ah Time, Eulentin, Chang Him, Morgan and many, many more !

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  21. Drugs was for PP crook because those guys got no money! Blondy was hanging on Praslin for a wild he did got even a cent in his pocket doing part time job were he can get and even the other two also got no money to carry ton of drugs to the Seychelles.
    I fill sorry for them but its time to say to their law if they have one to who these drugs belong to in Seychelles now they are going to face death they not coming back home. even the public want to know to have their say on this sad story that till not really been told to public to whom belong to this drugs?That's were the story begin and it will be nice to know the names.
    PP Escobar responsible for their death may Jah make them pay fror their wrong doing, and we also blame them wicked seen in power for DISCRIMINATION on some youths and have never try to give some youths second a chance in live like those three guys.

    Rasta Jah bless!

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  22. The Capital sentence of the three Seychellois in Egypt was pronounced following trials laden and procedural flaws.this includes a lack of precision in the charges,limited access to lawyers,trials in absentia,and mass sentencing.

    Eygypt has a traditional of executing its people as a means to silence political oppostions ,it has become a national sport.

    We must say ,that Pl has not been pro-active in negociating with Egyptian new government to get out our three Nationals out of this hell.Pl seems to be arguing on the basisis of"We donot have capital sentence in Seychelles"We not in Seychelles Pl,Egy<pt is a sovereign country with its own laws.What Pl should be doing in engaging Intenrational organization such as Amnesty Intenrational Huamn Rights,Arab Leagues,Michel despots Arab Friends who are also friends and sponsor of Al SISSI government that including the USA,African organizations.Pl government should finds deal accepted by Egypt government such as extradiction,that the three Seychellois can purge their rest of the setences in Seychelles prison,including pay bribes to the Egyptian dictator who is greedy like Michel when it come from pocketing bribes.A bribes for once to save three lives is worse than bribes paid to pl crooks.

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  23. Pl received millions from South African Government to release the mercenaries why not give the millions back to Egypt so we can see our three confrer seselea back . Lanman drat yia lav laman gos!

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  24. Ha Ha Ha,larsan mercenaire e Dan bank account swizaland ton ton.Dream on.ou a pe dormie avec pei.
    zacarrie Baccarie.

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  25. Were are religious leaders to help them!!them be leaver in Seychelles should know god great man n woman and god did say their life should be taken way by other mankind only god have the right to take some one life not a moron like Sissi with blood on his hands murdering his peoples in the street of Cairo,Sissi should get death penalty for butchering its peoples not this three guys:They deserve a punishment for their wrong doing,but not by hanging..

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  26. Who is more criminal a transporter or Dealer?NDEA should do their job( ban biogot )find out to who this belong to. it will not save life of those guys but PP Escobar have to stop using youths with poor family and brain wash them to do their dirty jobs.

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  27. Have mercy on our brothers! Yes what they did was wrong but is not worth taking their lives for it. Will they be able to say their good byes to their families?? This government is not doing enough to help these young men.

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  28. I must say that i disagree with some of the comment above.The general sisi has guts.As the head of the army forces,he saw where Egypt was heading under morsi and quickly moved it and gave him an altimatum if he do not change he would act n overthrow him.And he did just that.
    can larme liberation do the same?

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  29. Indeed very nice letter to the Egypt President from Manchanm trying to do anything to release the three Seychellois on death row. I salute you for that even though Pl is trying to use you as BOUYON RESOFE. I will wait after the 5th November to add more flavors!

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  30. We donot need nice letter when the lives of three apparently innocent citizens is on balance,What we need in pro-active interventions by government through international organizations such as Amnesty International,Human Rights bodies both International and In Egypt ,inclucing African Union,etc.. to ensure that our citizens are not butchered for crimes which cannot really be proven Egypt court to be imminent.

    Governemnt could have gatherted its own investigations to provide counter-arguments to that of Egytian courts
    -Instead of drinking wine at White House and performing a puppet show,Michel could had used his little opportunity to Engage Mr Obama government in helping to get our three Nationals out of this hell.

    Gorvernment could have proposed --that the three condemned could continue their terms in Sey prisons--
    Beg SISSI to consider for amnesty when this is done often by Egyptain government on Egytian Independence day.

    etc..etc..etcc

    Michel government has done nothing so far .

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  31. In life there is a simple rule.You do the crime and you do the time.It the theory of consequences and unintended consequences.These guys must have known what the rules are and also what they were getting involved into.
    And what's about those families that would hv suffer if this drug were to land in Seychelles.sad case.

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  32. Mr Ali Tallat promised to deliver the letter to his President.

    The key word is: Normally the Egyptian Government never gets involved in the Judiciary.





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  33. The crime cannot be proven in a convincing way,and knowing Eghyptain corrupt justice system nothing convivncing can prove that the Three Seychellois were either victims nor culprit.NO representative be it National or Intenrational were present during the speditive trial.Little is known for instance about the lawyer/s who defended them----picked up by state etc...There is lots of dark spots in this case and we cannot and should not allow Egyptain dictatorship to put the lives of our people in jeopardy as its does to its own people in a system of injustice and untransparency.

    PL should immediately stopped preaching about"Seychelles does not have capital sentence"As if Egyptian as sovereign State should do as Seychelles or implememnt Seychelles Alw.Egypt is sovereign Donkeys.What you should be doing instead is engage regional neighbor countries,Afircna Union,Arab leagues,Intenratinal organizations,and direct and pro-active through diplomatic means to get our citizens out of Egyptain gulag.Noting oalso ,that no Seychellis has ever committed any crimes against the Egyptian Nation on its territories etc,... since its existence,therefore that this case need more than the speditive Egyptain justice style system but consideration OF THESE FACTS.

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  34. One good news,for Seychelles but also SFP is that individuals are starting to take things into their hands .One individual has challenged unconstitutional pensions in the Constitutional court.You remember,a few years before ,it was only SFP raising these questions and challenging Pl thugs alone.And I am sure if Pl does not shake their arses they going to see more of those legitimate challegnes by citizens

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  35. Well PL should sent in the Tazar Special forces to rescue those 3 guys.
    I hrd that they are equivalent to US Navy Seals.

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  36. Pa kwar mwan koman ze kwar an dye, me mon asir ou ki ban'n Pl pe komans met pare pou al legliz byento. Ban devan pou plan. Please don't wait when we are in deep shit to go church and don't be a flower pot either!
    My prayers to the families and hope for the best.

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  37. Frankly,not because of PL,i consider TAZAR a well-trained special forces,due to the fact that we are lucky to have long historical friends Like USA,Euroepan who have always help eager to help us.Seychelles,is bless, for having so many Western Nations having good relation to the Seychellois people(Not necessarily to Pl thugs).Many countires in Africa and around the world dream of having the benfit from western special forces be it training etc......some are even jealous.These conctacts must be pamper and continue .I would argue that In Africa,though TAZAR was created a few years ago,Seychelles special forces in one of the best in Africa though I still believe that they still have not been well-equipped that is with high-techs which should be the case for a small Nation.For instance,TAZAR lacks communications tools for each soldier,Night goggles for each man,better riffles Not Ak 47)etc....

    These guys in Tazar as other mary units are patriots who want to give their lives to defence the country,they did not chose ther army because of Pl or to defence PP though Michel and ilks might think so,but solely joined the army by patriotism rather than ideology.

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  38. mE senekel ,AN AFRICNA MONKEY APPRENTLY BRIBED BY pL ,TELL US Seychelles PRISON IS GOOD.cOMAPRE TO aFIRCNA PRISONS IT IS PROBABLY bETTER,bUT THE FACT IS NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD LISTED ON HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH LIST LIKE SEYCHELLES CAN PROCLAIM THAT THEY HAVE GOOD PRISONS FOR THAT IS WHERE MOST HUMAN ABUSES TAKE PlACE.oF COURSE mR senekelIS COMPARING PRISONS IN HIS COUNTRY TO THAT OF Seychelles,EVEN HIS HOUSE IS NOT AS GOOD AS OUR PRISONS,BUT YOU CANNOT TAKE AN AFRICNA UNDER DEVLOPED,RETARDED,BEHIND OF CIVILIZATION TO TELL Seychellois WAHT IS GOOD OR BAD.iN DICTATORSHIP THEREI SNO PRISON S BUT GULAGS AND IN DICTATORSHIP PRISONS IS THE PALCE OFOR AUBSES.

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    1. They are 100% right our prison are getting better specially for Somali people.
      They are guaranteed three meals a day while regular kreol leo are struggling to put two meals a day on their table and always thinking what will the next day brings. What else can I spit before end of the month? Not much! Maybe five more!

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  39. Egypt is in a state of emergency today as Fata al sisi gov faces Islamic resurgency.His priority is to save his life not the lifies of those 3 guys.

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  40. 15.34
    It dependence how the guy judge GOOD.If comparing to North Korean,Zimbabwe and most African prisons yes,but norms even when concider good in Africa is far beyond what for example western world would consider good.For westerners ,Seychelles prisons will be pLace far blow of the list as Seychllews Human rights records,corruption,etc....This can be called not prisons but Gulags.

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  41. FAURE is attending the so call Islamic World economic forum,though Seychelles is not an Islamic country and do not intend to be one and no one ever ask Pl to illegally participate in a forum that has nothing to do with Seychellois people.Instead,FAURE should have use his time and the tax paqyers money to pay his flight,five star hotls room and full board service,Go to Egypt and negociate therelease of our Three young Seychellos Ntional on the death row.In Azerbidian ,FAURE is using the occasion to disguise the purpose of his visit there ,which is to control firms ,businesses Pl thieves created with Seychellois stolen money.Than he might use this opportunity why not to go visit Kim Ill un in North Korea.

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  42. Guys,do not blame him,he is just practicing to be next appointed partilepep dictator-in-chief next year.He is obsess of being Dictator,for he thinks communist god stalin sent him for that.

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  43. FAURE and Morgan are both meeting with their God Khalifa --it is in fact an opportunity for the two donkeys to entice Khalfia the verygood firend and sponsor of SISIS to release our three Seychellois on the death row I Egyptain gulag .

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