Death Sentence on Egyptian Islamist Confirmed
Egypt's state security court Wednesday confirmed the death sentence on an Islamist after its decision was approved by Egypt's Mufti, and sentenced 13 other Islamists to forced labor terms of three to 25 years, a court source reported.
The court had issued the death sentence on Chaabane Haridi, 30, April 13, and then sent the matter to Egypt's Mufti, Nasr Farid Wassel, for his formal approval, in line with legal procedures based on Islamic law, the source added.
The court announced its verdict on the 13 other militants of 'Jamaa Islamiya' involved in the case of the murder of three policemen and seven civilians, three of whom were Copts (Egyptian Christian sect) between 1995 and 1997.
One of the thirteen, Hassan Syaed Taha, was sentenced to 25 years hard labour, another, Magdi Khalaf, to 15 years, and a third, Achraf Ryad, to 10 years in prison.
The remainder received sentences of three to five years in jail.
The militants were also accused of armed robbery of banks and jewellery stores in Cairo.
According to the prosecution, they made off with 114,000 dollars - (AFP)
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