Eight jailed for life over Egyptian official assassination attempt

Eight jailed for life over Egyptian official assassination attempt
An Egyptian forensics team checks the location of a bombing in Alexandria, Egypt March 24, 2018. (Reuters)
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Updated 14 June 2020

Eight jailed for life over Egyptian official assassination attempt

Eight jailed for life over Egyptian official assassination attempt

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday sentenced eight people to life imprisonment over the failed assassination of Alexandria's security director in 2018. 
The court also upheld a January ruling that sentenced to death three other defendants, local media reports said.
Among those sentenced was Yahya Moussa, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a government ministry spokesman under the group’s brief rule. He was convicted in absentia.
The defendants were accused of attempting to kill Alexandria’s security director Mustafa El-Nemr in March 2018 by remotely detonating a car laden with explosives that targeted his convoy.  
The interior ministry said at the time that El-Nemr survived the attack but two of his guards were killed in the incident, and four others were injured.

It also blamed the Brotherhood, banned in Egypt and designated a terrorist group, for the bombing.