Cassation court upholds death sentence for 22 defendants in 'Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis' case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 25 Nov 2021

The Cairo Court of Cassation upheld on Thursday the death sentence for 22 defendants convicted of committing 54 terrorist attack, including the assassination of a national security officer in the trial dubbed in the media as the “Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis” case.

Cairo cassation court.
Cairo cassation court.

The court rejected the 22 defendants’ appeal against the March 2020 death sentence ruling issued by the Cairo Criminal court.

The rulings cannot be appealed.

The court also upheld the life-in-prison sentence handed to 45 other defendants, 10-year prison terms handed to 21 others as well as 5-year prison terms handed to 52 other defendants in the same case.

The court also fined the defendants EGP 198,700,000 as temporary civil compensation.

In March 2020, the Cairo Criminal Court originally issued its ruling in the "Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis" case against 208 defendants, the most prominent of whom was the terrorist Hisham Ashmawy, who was executed in the same month.

Ashmawy had already been handed two death sentences in November 2019 after being convicted of orchestrating several deadly high-profile attacks against security forces.

The Criminal Court convicted the defendants of committing 54 terrorist attacks that killed 42 police and 15 civilians and injuring 340 more, including the attempted assassination of former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim in September 2013 and bombings that targeted security directorates in Cairo and Daqahliya.

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