Egypt military court sentences eight people to death over 2015 killing of police officer, two others

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 17 Jan 2018

Police Colonel Wael Tahoun (Photo: Facebook)

An Egyptian military court sentenced on Wednesday eight people to death and 16 others to life imprisonment over the 2015 assassination of interior ministry public security Colonel Wael Tahoun, as well as the killing of one other policeman and one civilian.

The court also acquitted 26 defendants in the case.

The sentences can still be appealed.

The case, which involved 52 defendants, dates back to an April 2015 attack where Tahoun was gunned down near his home in Cairo.

The two other victims were also killed in the attack.

Tahoun was serving at the public security department of the ministry of interior at the time of his assassination. He had previously served as the commander of the Matariya police station in east Cairo.

The defendants were charged with joining an illegal group that calls for the suspension of the law and the constitution, obstructing state institutions from carrying out their duties, as well as harming personal freedoms and the rights of citizens.

The defendants were also charged with inciting the murder of Tahoun and two others, destroying public and private property, as well as committing hostile actions.

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