Egyptian Court of Cassation upholds death sentences against 22 ‘terrorists’

The Egyptian Court of Cassation upheld the death sentences against 22 terrorists, including a former Egyptian police officer, after they were convicted of committing 54 “terrorist operations” across the country, including the murder of a police officer and an attempt to to kill the Interior, said a bailiff. The official added to AFP that the court has decided to sentence 118 other defendants with prison terms of up to 25 years in the case known in the media as “Ansar Beit al-Maqdis”.

He stated that the decision of the Supreme Court of Cassation came “after the rejection of the appeals filed by the defendants and issued by the Supreme Court of State Security.” In March last year, an Egyptian criminal court sentenced 37 defendants, including terrorist Hisham Ashmawi, to death by hanging, for committing 54 crimes, including the murder of Mohamed Mabrouk, an officer in Egypt’s National Security Sector.

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