World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced three men to death over charges of spying for al-Qaeda group, a judicial source has said.
The Cairo Criminal Court also slapped a fourth with a ten-year jail term after being convicted of collaborating with the militant group, the source said.
All the convicts – three Egyptians and an Iraqi Kurd – were tried in absentia.
Last month, the court referred the convicts to Egypt's grand mufti, the country's top religious authority, to consider possible death sentences against them.
The mufti's opinion on the matter is not binding on the court, but Egyptian law makes it necessary for judges to seek a religious point of view before any death sentences are handed down.
Sunday's ruling is preliminary and is subject to appeal.
Prosecutors charged the defendants with belonging to al-Qaeda group and conducting espionage to provide the group with security-related information.Last Mod: 08 Şubat 2015, 12:45