Egypt court sentences seven to death in Sinai case

Court has sentenced to death seven men, including Adel Habara, charged with killing 25 policemen last year in an attack near the border with Israel

Egypt court sentences seven to death in Sinai case

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven men, including Adel Habara, charged with killing 25 policemen last year in an attack near the border with Israel, judicial sources said on Saturday.

The attack took place in August 2013 following the government's violent clearing of two protest camps in Cairo, where supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi had gathered to demand his reinstatement.

The ruling, which can be appealed, followed the endorsement of the death sentence by the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest Sunni Muslim authority.

The court also slapped three militants with life sentences and 22 others with 15-year jail terms each in connection with the killing.

Saturday's ruling are still subject to appeal.

Prosecutors had accused the defendants of conspiring with the Al-Qaeda group and committing "terrorist crimes" in North Sinai and the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.

This is the second death sentence against Habbara, who Egyptian authorities accuse of masterminding the mass killing of the police conscripts in North Sinai.

Habbara had earlier been referred to the grand mufti, Egypt's highest religious authority, to consider a possible death sentence on charges of killing a policeman in Sharqiya.

Last Mod: 06 Aralık 2014, 14:00
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