Sixty-seven people referred to trial over assassination of Egypt's prosecutor general

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 May 2016

Late Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat (AL-Ahram)
Late Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat (AL-Ahram)

Egypt's Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek referred Sunday 67 people to the criminal court over the assassination of top prosecutor Hisham Barakat in June 2015.

Barakat, 64, was killed when a car bomb struck his convoy in the upscale east Cairo district of Heliopolis last year.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Prosecutor General's office said the defendants were members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood who "conspired" with militants of the Gaza-based Islamist Palestinian group Hamas to target a number of leading Egyptian officials in order to "sow chaos in the country."

In March, the Egyptian ministry of interior said14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood participated directly in the plan to murder Barakat.

Hamas denied any involvement in the assassination.

The Muslim Brotherhood is designated as a terrorist organization in Egypt by the government. 

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