An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over belonging to a group believed to be affiliated with the extremist Islamic State group, the state-run MENA news agency reported.
Beside the 21 death sentences, the court handed down life sentences — which in Egypt are equal to 25 years — to four defendants, and 15-year-sentences to three others, MENA said.
They were found guilty of joining a terrorist group, targeting public and private facilities and plotting to assassinate military and police personnel and some were even tried in absentia.
Local news reports say the defendants were accused of plotting in 2015 to blow up a police station in the coastal city of Damietta and gas pipelines in a nearby village. The final sentence was passed after the court’s initial recommendation was approved by Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Shawki Allam, the country’s most senior religious authority.
Source : abcnews