Court of Cassation commutes death penalty against six in 2016 terrorist attack near Pyramids

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Ahram Online , Monday 3 Jan 2022

Egypt’s Court of Cassation commuted the death penalty against six defendants charged with being involved in a terrorist attack on the Three Pyramids Hotel in Giza in 2016.

Egypt s Court of Cassation
Egypt s Court of Cassation building. Photo courtesy of Egypt s Court of Cassation website.

The top appeals court commuted the death sentence against the six defendants to 10-year and life imprisonment sentences and five-year sentences against eight others. 

It also acquitted 12 other defendants after overturning their sentence in the same case. 

The verdict comes nearly two years after a Giza Criminal Court sentenced the six defendants in 2019 to death.

The attack in question was orchestrated on a tourist bus outside the hotel that did not result in any casualties. The attempt, however, was claimed by Islamic State affiliate Ansar Beit Al-Maqdes nonetheless.

The Ministry of Interior said the attack, which involved a group of people hurling fireworks, was aimed at security forces guarding the hotel.

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