Cairo Criminal Court sentences 'Zeitoun terrorist cell' defendant to three years in prison

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Nov 2017

The case dates to 2007 when a number of terrorists espousing jihadist ideology robbed a jewelers in the Zeitoun district of Cairo

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Saturday a defendant in the "Zeitoun terrorist cell" case to three years in prison following an appeal.

The court also placed now convicted Ammar Abdel-Ellah under police surveillance for three years.

Abdel-Allah was convicted of forming a terrorist organisation called the "Regiment of Loyalty and Disavowal" (Sareyet Al-Walaa wa Al-Bara’) that aimed to target Copts and foreigners in Egypt, as well as surveying Egypt's oil pipelines and ship movements in the Suez Canal in order to plan attacks on ships.

Last year, in June 2016, Egypt's Supreme State Security handed prison terms of seven to 10 yeas to defendants in the case, while acquitting others.

Saturday’s verdict is one made following a series of appeals by some of the defendants.

The case dates back to 2007, when 25 people, adopting armed jihadist ideologies, committed an armed robbery at a jeweller's shop in Cairo's district of Zeitoun.

Four Copts were killed and two others injured during the robbery.

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