Cairo Criminal Court sentence seven members of “Libya terrorist cell” to death (Photo : Ahram Arabic Gate)
Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Saturday seven members of what is known in the media as the “Libya terrorist cell” to death on a number of terror-related charges.
The court’s preliminary verdict is scheduled to be referred to the country’s Grand Mufti for a consultative non-binding opinion, as per Egypt’s penal code.
The court also ordered to adjourn the verdict on other 13 defendants in that case to 25 November.
The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the Libya Daesh militant group.
The defendants are also charged with joining training camps of the terrorist group in Syria and Libya, and obtaining military training, as well as planning terrorist acts in Egypt.
According to the court order, the defendants committed their alleged crimes between the years 2012 and 2016 in Matrouh, Cairo and Alexandria governorates in Egypt, and outside Egypt also.
The defendants are also charged with participating in the beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya.
In February 2015, 21 Egyptian Copts were slaughtered in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte by Daesh militants.
In 2015, the defendants were arrested in Hamam City in Matrouh governorate and accused of conducting attacks on a police station and vital establishments in the city.
In November 2016, the case was referred to court, after the State Security Prosecution revealed the defendants were also involved in attacks on Christians in their governorate, as well as hiding and training seven German citizens who were planning to join Libya's Daesh.