Egyptian court sentences two to death over 2013 violence near US embassy

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Feb 2017

Twenty others have been sentenced to life imprisonment

A Cairo criminal court has sentenced two people to death and 20 others to life imprisonment over street violence that dates back to the aftermath of the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a judicial source said.

The defendants were convicted on Tuesday of charges including murder, undermining public peace, deliberate sabotage of public buildings, protesting and terrorising citizens, the source added.

Another defendant was handed a 10-year prison term for the same charges.

The charges stem from violence near the US embassy in downtown Cairo in October 2013. One person was killed and many others were wounded during clashes with security forces at the time.

The sentences can still be appealed.

Under Egyptian law, the cases of those facing the death penalty must be referred to the grand mufti, for his non-binding recommendation to the court on whether to proceed, before they are carried out.

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