Egypt Court of Cassation upholds death sentences for 2 over August 2013 deadly riots in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Jul 2017

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Egyptian Court of Cassation (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld a final death sentence Tuesday for two defendants found guilty of murder and violent attacks in Alexandria following the forced dispersal of two sit-ins in Cairo in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013, state news agency MENA reported.

The court also upheld jail sentences ranging from 10 to 25 years for 59 defendants in the case and acquitted three others.

The court of cassation verdicts are final and cannot be appealed.

The lower court had convicted the defendants of the murder of 18 people, including two policemen, as well as the attempted murder of 80 others.

On Sunday, a Cairo criminal court sentenced 20 defendants to death for their involvement in an attack on Kerdasa police station in August 2013 in which 12 policemen were killed, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The court also handed life sentences to 80 defendants, 15-year terms to 35 defendants, and acquittals to another 21.

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