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Egyptian militant Habara gets 10-year sentence for possessing weapons, resisting arrest

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Jan 2016
Sinai-based militant Adel Habara
Sinai-based militant Adel Habara (Reuters)
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An Egyptian court confirmed Tuesday a 10-year jail sentence for Egyptian militant Adel Habara on charges of using force, carrying light weapons and resisting arrest.

Habara, known for his involvement in the killing of policemen in Rafah in 2013, had initially received the sentence in absentia but was retried following his arrest.

The Islamist militant was arrested on 31 August 2013 in the North Sinai town of El-Arish.

Habara has already been sentenced to death in absentia on charges of involvement in the bomb blasts in Taba in 2004 and Dahab in 2006, both touristic sites in Sinai, which left 42 dead.

The latest verdict against Habara was issued on 6 December 2015, marking his third death sentence, on charges of killing a police officer in Sharqiya's Abu Kebir in 2012. The sentence, which was issued after the Grand Mufti's approval, can still be appealed.

The first death sentence Habara received was on 14 October 2014 for the execution-style killing of 25 policemen in Rafah in August 2013 in what became known as the “second Rafah massacre.”

In December 2014, the sentence was confirmed after the Grand Mufti's approval, but was revoked on 16 June 2015 and a retrial was ordered.

The death sentence was again confirmed on 14 November 2015 but can still be appealed, as death sentences can be appealed twice.

Habara received his second death sentence in May 2015 on charges of joining a jihadi group that aims to overthrow the government and target the army and police, receiving funds from foreign parties to achieve this goal, possessing explosives, and having connections with the ISIS militant group.

May's death verdict was appealed and a retrial was ordered, after which it was confirmed on 29 September 2015.

Many Islamists have received similar sentences over the past two years.

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