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Egypt's Court of Cassation upholds life sentences for defendants who bombed transmission towers in 2014

In 2019, 34 defendants were sentenced for life for targeting transmission towers following the dispersal of the Islamist sits-ins in Rabaa and Nahda squares

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 10 Jun 2021
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Egypt's Court of Cassation (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld on Thursday the life sentences against several defendants convicted of bombing transmission towers in several governorates in 2014.

The court also upheld 10-year jail terms for several others and acquitted three defendants.

In April 2019, a Cairo Criminal Court handed 34 defendants life imprisonment sentences for bombing transmission towers in the year that followed the dispersal of the Islamist Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins after the 2013 ousting of late Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

It also sentenced 11 others to 10 years in prison.

According to Egyptian law, life sentences are 25 years in prison.

The High State Security Prosecution charged the defendants of leading and joining an outlawed, terrorist group with other members in Giza, Gharbiya, Menoufiya, Alexandria, and Kafr El-Sheikh, bombing transmission towers, and receiving training to manufacture and use explosive substances to disrupt public order.

They were also charged with the possession of documents containing detailed information on the national electricity grid, weaponry, and ammunition.

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