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Egypt Defers Trial of 227 Accused in 2 Terror Cases

Egypt Defers Trial of 227 Accused in 2 Terror Cases

Sunday, 10 February, 2019 - 12:30
Egypt’s High Court in downtown Cairo on January 1, 2015. (AFP)
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Egyptian judicial authorities deferred Saturday the trial of 227 accused of "terror" crimes in the "ISIS-Sinai" and "returnees from Libya" cases.

Cairo’s Criminal Court decided to postpone to February 16 the trial of 213 suspects in the ISIS Sinai case.

They are accused of belonging to the terrorist ISIS Sinai group and committing more than 54 terror crimes, including assassinations of police officers, the attempt to kill former Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim and bombing security facilities in a number of governorates, Cairo, Dakahlia and South Sinai.

Prosecutor investigations revealed that they had received military training at camps of the Izzeddine al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement). The organization's leader, Tawfiq Mohammed Farij Ziadeh, had communicated with al-Qaeda operatives and plotted to target ships crossing the Suez Canal, especially those belonging to the United States.

The Public Prosecution accused the suspects of establishing, commanding and joining a terrorist group, aimed at disrupting the provisions of Egypt’s constitution and laws and preventing public institutions from carrying out their work.

They were also accused of violating the citizens’ rights and freedoms, harming national unity and social peace, contacting foreign organization, namely Hamas, destroying the state’s installations, committing premeditated murder and acquiring automatic weapons, ammunition and explosives.

The criminal court also postponed the trial of 14 convicts, two of whom were sentenced to death, in the "returnees from Libya" case, to a hearing on Monday.

Previous sentences against the accused ranged from imprisonment to death sentences. They appealed the convictions before the Court of Cassation, which ruled that they should be retried before a new criminal chamber.

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