Six de­fen­dants re­ferred to crim­i­nal court for at­tack­ing church in Ma­halla

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Sarah El-Sheikh

Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Na­bil Sadek or­dered on Sat­ur­day the re­fer­ral of six sus­pects to the Crim­i­nal Court of Na­tional Se­cu­rity on charges of ter­ror­ism for al­legedly at­tack­ing a church in Ma­halla.

The de­fen­dants were pre­vi­ously de­tained by the Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tion pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions charged that the six de­fen­dants had com­mit­ted a num­ber of crimes, in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ing and join­ing a ter­ror­ist group in vi­o­la­tion of the pro­vi­sions of the law, sab­o­tag­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, and hin­der­ing the func­tion­ing of the state.

They fur­ther al­leged that the de­fen­dants adopted ji­hadist ideas, at­tempt­ing to harm Egyp­tian rule of law, killing po­lice and army per­son­nel, and at­tack­ing Copts and their wor­ship places and seiz­ing their money and prop­er­ties.

The list of charges in­cluded fi­nanc­ing a “ter­ror­ist cell” they es­tab­lished with money and us­ing ex­plo­sives to com­mit vi­o­lent at­tacks.

In March, Sadek re­ferred 30 de­fen­dants to the State Se­cu­rity Crim­i­nal Court on ac­cu­sa­tions of ter­ror­ism.

In re­cent times, a num­ber of at­tacks were car­ried by ex­trem­ists against Copts and se­cu­rity per­son­nel, which re­sulted in the killing of dozens of vic­tims.

Par­lia­ment has re­cently ap­proved amend­ments to laws re­lated to ter­ror­ism-re­lated cases and be­gan, a few months ago, dis­cussing amend­ments to the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dures Law for more prompt and fair jus­tice.

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