Egypt mil­i­tary court sen­tences 8 to death

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CAIRO—An Egyp­tian mil­i­tary court sen­tenced eight al­leged Mus­lim Brother­hood mem­bers to death on ter­ror­ism charges on Sun­day, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial and the web site of state news­pa­per Al- Ahram said.

The court is­sued life sen­tences to 12 de­fen­dants and sen­tenced an­other six to 15 years in prison. Two de­fen­dants were ac­quit­ted, and two were con­victed in ab­sen­tia.

Mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tors had ac­cused the de­fen­dants of be­long­ing to an il­le­gal group and plot­ting to as­sas­si­nate po­lice and army per­son­nel. The ver­dict can still be ap­pealed.

The of­fi­cial spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause he wasn’t au­tho­rized to brief re­porters.

Rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional con­demned the ver­dict, de­scrib­ing it as a “grossly un­fair mil­i­tary trial” and de­mand­ing that the de­fen­dants re­ceive a fair hear­ing be­fore a civil­ian court.

Egyp­tian rights ac­tivists have long cam­paigned against the trial of civil­ians by mil­i­tary courts. Last year Egypt ex­e­cuted six men con­victed by a mil­i­tary court.

Ear­lier this month, an Egyp­tian court is­sued death sen­tences against six peo­ple, in­clud­ing two Al- Jazeera em­ploy­ees, for al leg­edly pass­ing doc­u­ments re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity to Qatar and the Doha- based TV network dur­ing the rule of the Mus­lim Brother­hood Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi.

The Brother­hood was banned and de­clared a ter­ror­ist group after the mil­i­tary ousted Morsi in 2013.

Fol­low­ing his over­throw, the num­ber of mil­i­tant at­tacks on Egypt has in­creased. An af­fil­i­ate of the Is­lamic State group based in north­ern Si­nai has claimed most of the at­tacks.

On Sun­day a road­side bomb killed two po­lice and wounded three con­scripts in the north­ern part of the Si­nai Penin­sula, ac­cord­ing to Egypt’s state news agency, Mena.

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