Egypt court ratifies death sentence for 14 militants over 2011 Sinai attacks

Ahram Online and Reuters, Monday 24 Sep 2012

Fourteen militants are sent to death by Egyptian court Monday over attacks on security forces carried out in Sinai in June, July 2011

Egypt's State Security Emergency court criminal ratified on Monday 14 members of a militant Islamist group to death by hanging and four to life imprisonment over attacks on army and police forces in the Sinai Peninsula last year.

The men, who belonged to a militant group called Tawheed and Jihad, were charged by the prosecutor with killing three police officers, an army officer and a civilian in attacks carried out in June and July, 2011, one of which targeted a police station in the Northern Sinai city of Arish.

Eight of the 14 death sentences, which were meted out on 14 August, were ordered in absentia, court sources said.

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