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Egypt: Final Sentences to Imprison 20 Convicted of Joining ISIS

Egypt: Final Sentences to Imprison 20 Convicted of Joining ISIS

Thursday, 26 July, 2018 - 07:45
Pigeons are seen on the wall of the High Court where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial will take place, in Cairo, Egypt, November 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Cairo - Walid Abdulrahman
Egypt's top appeals court has issued a final verdict of life-imprisonment in the case of 20 accused of joining ISIS in Zagazig in Sharqia Governorate, after the court rejected Wednesday the appeal submitted by the convicts.

Zagazig Criminal Court issued sentences in the case of the accused including life-imprisonment and three years imprisonment for joining ISIS.

The Public Prosecution in the country referred the accused to the criminal court after posing several charges against them including joining a terrorist group that aims at disrupting the public order, jeopardizing the society’s safety and interests, suspending state institutions, offending the personal freedom of citizens, targeting state institutions, killing police and army members and endorsing takfiri ideologies.

The Public Prosecution managed to determine the terrorist group members and to arrest them. The prosecution accused them of undermining the national unity and social peace since they have joined an ISIS-affiliated group that calls for thwarting the regime.

Meanwhile, Egypt's top appeals court overturned on Wednesday sentences of death and life imprisonment for 16 defendants that had been convicted of involvement in street violence in the aftermath of dispersing two strikes for Muslim Brotherhood, that is considered a terrorist group by Egypt.

Cairo Criminal Court issued a sentence in February in 2017 to execute two condemned and penalize 20 defendants (6 among them are fugitives) for 25 years in prison.

The Public Prosecution referred the defendants to the criminal court after accusing them of intentional murder for terrorist purposes and routing for the sake of disrupting security and public safety, damaging public and private buildings and possessing arms and ammunition.

South Cairo Criminal Court decided to postpone the retrial of activist Ahmed Douma in the case of the cabinet incidents to August 11.

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