Egypt court sentences 6 to death for joining terrorist group, manufacturing explosives; 8 acquitted

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 16 Sep 2019

A Damanhour criminal court in Egypt's Behiera governorate sentenced on Sunday six defendants to death, two to life in prison and acquitted eight others over charges of joining a terrorist group and manufacturing and possessing explosives. 

The court also sentenced two other defendants to 10 years and five years in prison.

Those convicted can appeal the verdicts.

The prosecution said that the defendants confessed to joining the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood group.

The prosecution also said that the defendants had visible burns on their bodies at the time of their arrest in 2015, which they said they sustained when explosives they had been manufacturing in the Wadi Al-Natroun area accidentally detonated.

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