Egyptian court sentences Hisham Ashmawy’s top aide, two others to death

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Jul 2021

A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced terrorist Bahaa Kishk, a top aide to Hisham Ashmawy who was executed in Egypt last year, and two others to death on Tuesday over terrorism charges.

The court referred the sentences to Egypt's Grand Mufti for a non-binding opinion, and set 25 October to issue its final verdict in the case.

The defendants are charged of leading Al-Qaeda-aligned group “Al-Mourabitoun” along with Ashmawy, and financing a terrorist organization with arms, ammunition and explosives.

Kishk, who was arrested in Libya and extradited to Egypt, was considered the right hand of Ashmawy who was also captured in the eastern Libyan city of Derna in late 2018.

Asmawy, described as the country's most dangerous terrorist, was handed over to Egypt by forces loyal to Commander Khalifa Haftar in May 2019.

Ashmawy was handed two death sentences after being convicted of orchestrating several deadly high-profile attacks against security forces. He was executed by hanging in March 2020.

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