Cairo criminal court sentences 21 to death in 2014 Damietta terrorism case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 22 Feb 2018

A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)

A Cairo criminal court sentenced to death on Thursday 21 people convicted of attacking security personnel and joining a terrorist group in the case known as the "Damietta Terrorist Cell Case."

The 2014 case involved a total of 28 defendants, 16 of whom were tried in absentia.

Four of the defendants were given life sentences and three others received 15 years in prison.

Thursday's verdicts can still be appealed.

The court’s preliminary death sentence was issued in December 2017 and referred to the country’s grand mufti for his non-binding opinion, as per Egypt’s penal code.

The defendants were charged with joining a terrorist group with the aim of obstructing the state, targeting public and private facilities, orchestrating the assassination of army and police personnel and disrupting civil peace.

Prosecutors have said that some of the defendants received military training with the Daesh terrorist organisation in Syria.

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