One sentenced to death, three to life in prison for forming 'terrorist cell'

Ahram Online , Monday 18 May 2015

The court verdict came after the Grand Mufti's review

An Egyptian court sentenced a man to death and three others to life in prison Monday on charges of forming a terrorist cell, state news agency MENA reported.

The case stems back to when security forces arrested the four defendants in August 2014 in Egypt’s Nile Delta city Mansoura, accusing them of forming a terrorist cell that aims to kill all those against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Mansoura criminal court issued its verdict on Monday after referring the death penalty to the Grand Mufti in March 2015.

Life in prison sentences carry up to 25 years in jail, according to the Egyptian penal code.

The four convicted men were described by MENA as members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The defendants were also accused of the "use of force, receiving military training outside the country and damaging the property of a Bahraini real estate company."

The verdict came a day after Egypt’s prison authorities carried out six death sentences early Sunday in the case known as "Arab Sharkas," where the convicted were tried over connections with the Sinai-based Islamist militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

The men were charged with planning terrorist operations, shooting at security forces, attacking military facilities and naval ships and being members of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

Deaths penalty in Egypt have been met with wide-spread western criticism especially after another Egyptian court issued a preliminary death sentence to former Islamist president Morsi and 105 other defendants. The trial is known in the Egyptian media as the Natroun jailbreak case.

However, Egypt insists all of its convicts were given fair trials.


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