Egypt con­demns 7 to death over IS links

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

CAIRO: An Egyp­tian court on Saturday con­demned to death seven peo­ple for mem­ber­ship of the IS group and over the be­head­ing on a Libyan beach of 21 Cop­tic Chris­tians from Egypt, ju­di­cial of­fi­cials said.

IS in Libya posted a video on the In­ter­net in Fe­bru­ary 2015 of the be­head­ings, spark­ing in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion and Egyp­tian air strikes against mil­i­tant 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 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.

Pros­e­cu­tors ac­cused the seven sus­pects of mem­ber­ship of an IS cell in Marsa Ma­truh, north­west Egypt, and of plan­ning at­tacks af­ter hav­ing re­ceived mil­i­tary train­ing at mil­i­tant camps in Libya and Syria. Ver­dicts are to be is­sued on Novem­ber 25 against 13 oth­ers on trial in the same case. part in the

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