CAIRO:

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An Egyp­tian court Satur­day con­demned to death seven peo­ple for mem­ber­ship of the Is­lamic State group and over the be­head­ing in Libya of 21 Chris­tians, all but one of them from Egypt, judicial of­fi­cials said.

IS in Libya posted a video on the in­ter­net in Fe­bru­ary 2015 of the grue­some be­head­ings on a Libyan beach, spark­ing in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion and Egyp­tian air strikes against ji­hadist tar­gets in the neigh­bour­ing Arab state.

Of the seven de­fen­dants, three were sen­tenced to death in ab­sen­tia, the of­fi­cials said. An un­spec­i­fied num­ber of those con­demned were ac­cused of hav­ing taken part in the be­head­ings.

Death sen­tences in Egypt are sub­ject to re­view by the coun­try’s mufti as the of­fi­cial in­ter­preter of Is­lamic law, al­though his ver­dict is not legally bind­ing. (AFP)

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