Mohamed El-Zawahiri Borther of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman El-Zawahri (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Cairo Criminal Court issued preliminary death penalty sentences to 10 defendants convicted of running a terrorist organisation connected with Al-Qaeda.
Another 58 defendants charged in the case, including Mohamed El-Zawahiri, the brother of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman El-Zawahiri, did not receive sentences on Monday.
The court will issue its verdict on the remainder of the defendants on 27 December.
The defendants were charged with operating a terrorist organisation which aims use force in order to oust the regime, attack police personnel, attack Egyptian Christians, and commit terrorist attacks to spread chaos.
Fifty-two of the defendants are in custody, 13 are being tried in absentia, and three have died.
In 1999, Mohamed El-Zawahiri was sentenced to death in absentia for a handful of terrorist attacks in Egypt, including the 1997 killing of 62 foreign tourists in the Upper Egyptian city of Luxor.
In June 2011, a military court accepted El-Zawahiri's appeal against the death verdict and the case was closed. He subsequently returned to Egypt.
El-Zawahiri is currently behind bars.