Egypt court sentences 22 to death over 2013 attack on police

The Giza court said eight of the condemned were sentenced in absentia on charges that included murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, vandalism and destruction of property.



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Published: Mon 20 Apr 2015, 7:24 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:53 PM

Cairo - An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced 22 people to death after convicting them of storming a police station outside Cairo and killing an officer on July 3, 2013 — the day the military overthrew Mohammed Mursi.

The Giza court said eight of the condemned were sentenced in absentia on charges that included murder, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms, vandalism and destruction of property. The ruling can be appealed. A minor involved in the case was sentenced to 10 years.

The attack took place in Kerdasa, a restive town west of Cairo considered a militant stronghold and where gunmen and rampaging crowds have killed policemen in other acts of violence.

Egypt has been sharply criticized for issuing mass death sentences largely targeting Islamists.


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