An Egyptian court, on Monday, sentenced eight to life imprisonment, while 29 others bag jail terms for joining or supporting Islamic State’s Sinai Province affiliate, judicial sources said.
Militants loyal to Islamic State have been attacking the north of the Sinai Peninsula and other parts of the country, with hundreds of soldiers, police, and residents killed.
“A Cairo criminal court sentenced eight defendants to life terms and 29 to terms ranging from one to 15 years, after prosecutors accused them of planning attacks, promoting the group’s ideology in prisons, and financing its cells.
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“Seven were acquitted,” judicial sources said.
The defendants, all of whom pleaded “not guilty”, can appeal against the sentence at the court of cassation, Egypt’s top civilian court.
“Separately, another Cairo criminal court referred the cases of three men accused over a 2018 failed assassination attempt against Alexandria’s security chief to Egypt’s top religious authority, paving the way for possible death sentences,’’ the sources added.
Prosecutors said the defendants are part of a militant group called Hasm, which the government describes as an armed wing of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
The group, however, denied link with any militant activity.