Egypt court upholds ruling placing 241 Wilayet Sinai members on terrorism list

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 18 Feb 2019

Egypt's Court of Cassation (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld on Monday an earlier criminal court decision to place 241 people on the country's terrorist list.

In May 2018, the Egyptian gazette published a decision by the Cairo Criminal Court to place 241 people on the terrorist list for joining the Wilayet Sinai terrorist organisation.

The cassation court's decision was based on a memo by the High State Security Prosecution saying that the suspects worked to restructure the organisation and attract new members to carry out hostile plans against the Armed Forces, the police and the judiciary.

The court highlighted that this cell has been implicated in several attacks targeting police and army personnel in April 2017.

Wilayat Sinai is the self-proclaimed name of the terrorist group formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which declared allegiance to Daesh in November 2014.

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