Court sentences seven Egyptians to death for terrorism charges
Paramedics carry the bodies of those killed, following a fierce gun battle between security forces and militants in the village of Arab Sharkas, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
A military court sentenced seven Egyptian men to death and two to life in prison on charges of terrorism on Tuesday.
The sentenced were charged in the case known as the Arab Sharkas case, named for a village in the governorate of Qaliubiya, north of Cairo, where security forces carried out a raid in March against a terrorist cell which claimed the lives of two military officers.
The verdict comes after the death sentences originally handed out in August were refered to Egypt's grand mufti for approval, a necessary procedure in Egyptian law.
The verdict was adjourned to October 21 after its peviously scheduled date of 23 September.
The defendent's charges include planning terrorist operations, shooting at security forces, attacking military facilities and naval ships and being members of Egypt's most prominent anti-state jihadist group, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.
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