Egypt court sentences 8 to death for attacking troops

The court in Ismailia issued life sentences Wednesday to 32 defendants and sentenced another two to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges. (Reuters)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Egypt court sentences 8 to death for attacking troops

  • The court in Ismailia issued life sentences to 32 defendants and sentenced another two to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges
  • Military prosecutors had accused the defendants of belonging to the Daesh group

CAIRO: An Egyptian military court has sentenced eight men to death in absentia for their alleged involvement in deadly militant attacks on troops.
The court in Ismailia issued life sentences Wednesday to 32 defendants and sentenced another two to 15 years in prison on terror-related charges linked to the killing of at least 14 soldiers.
The court acquitted another two defendants.
Military prosecutors had accused the defendants of belonging to the Daesh group and plotting attacks against security forces.
The verdict can be appealed. Under Egyptian law, anyone convicted in absentia is granted a retrial once apprehended.
Egypt has been battling Daesh militants in the Sinai Peninsula since 2014. The extremist group has carried out attacks across the country, mainly targeting security forces and minority Christians.


Sudan president Bashir to visit Qatar

Updated 21 January 2019
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Sudan president Bashir to visit Qatar

Sudan's president Omar Al-Bashir will arrive in Qatar on Tuesday, Qatar's state news agency reported.
It added that Al-Bashir would meet Qatar's Emir on Wednesday to discuss matters of common interest.

Sudan has been rocked by antigovernment protests calling for Al-Bashir to stand down. 

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