Egypt's military court sentences 8 to death for planning attacks against army, police

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 29 May 2016

The court also meted long prison sentences to 18 other defendants and acquitted two in the case that stems back to 2014

An Egyptian military court sentenced on Sunday eight to death in the trial of 28 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who were accused in 2014 of planning attacks on military and police personnel.

In February, the court initially issued a preliminary verdict in the case and then, per Egyptian law, requested the non-binding opinion of the country's Grand Mufti on the death verdicts.

The verdict can still be appealed in front of the military court of cassation.

The court also sentenced 12 others to life in prison and six to 15-year sentences. 

Two of the defendants were acquitted.

The defendants were found guilty of illegal possession of weapons and of manufacturing improvised explosive devices.

Two of those sentenced to death are at large.

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