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Egypt court issues death sentences to 11 members of 'Giza terrorist cell'

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 22 Oct 2017
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Giza criminal court (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The 5th Terrorism Circuit at the Giza criminal court sentenced 11 people, including four people in absentia, to death in the trial known in media as the "Giza terrorist cell."

The court also sentenced 14 others to 25 years in jail.

The case dates back to 2014 when the prosecution accused the defendants of joining an illegal group, attacking personal freedoms, manufacturing explosive materials, and attempted murder of two police officers, as well as destroying a police vehicle.

The court also sentenced ajuvenile, Mahmoud Mohamed, to 10 years in prison in absentia.

The sentences can be appealed.

The government formed special terrorism circuits in 2014 to lower case loads on judges and speed trials for defendants in terrorism cases.

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