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Egypt court commutes death sentences to life in prison for six convicted terrorists

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 20 Jan 2019
Cairo
A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
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Egypt's Court of Cassation commuted on Sunday death sentences to life imprisonment for six defendants convicted of forming a terrorist cell in Giza in a 2014 case. 

The court also upheld life imprisonment sentences for 14 others in the same case, and a minor was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison. 

The court's verdict is final and cannot be appealed. 

The defendants were charged with forming a cell that aimed to carry out attacks on members of the judiciary, on public and private property, and illegally protesting.

The original verdict was issued in October 2018, sentencing 11 to death, five of whom were in absentia, and 14 were sentenced to life in prison. 

Prosecutors said that the defendants established a group that aimed to violate the provisions of the constitution and the law, prevent state institutions from carrying out their activities, and attack personal freedom. 

The prosecution also charged members of the cell with attempting to kill a police officer in Giza in 2014.

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