Egypt court schedules defence hearing after prisoners executed

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 May 2015

Six members of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis militant group were executed on Sunday after being convicted by a military court

An administrative court has set 2 June to hear defence lawyers file a case to stop the execution of six defendants who were hanged on Sunday in the 'Arab Sharkas' case.

A lawyer had filed the case in front of the administrative court, claiming that the presidential decision to approve the death sentences was unconstitutional, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The hearing was adjourned in November 2014.

On Sunday, prison authorities carried out the death sentences against six alleged members of Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group, after they were convicted by a military court in October 2014.

The men were charged with planning terrorist operations, shooting at security forces, attacking military facilities and naval ships, and being members of ABM.

The case became known as 'Arab Sharkas', after a village in the governorate of Qalioubiya, north of Cairo, where security forces carried out an anti-terrorist raid in March 2014. The operation claimed the lives of two military officers.

The defendants had filed an appeal, but it was rejected in March 2015.

ABM has claimed responsibility for many of the attacks against army and police forces in Egypt following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.


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