Egyptian weapon smugglers get life in prison with hard labor
A court in Egypt sentenced three Egyptians to life in jail with hard labor on Wednesday for smuggling in weapons from Sudan, court sources said.
Mahmud Abdel Sattar, 31, Eid Issa Khalil, 24, and Mahmud Ahmed Awwad, 21, were found guilty by a high state security court following a four-day trial, the sources said. A life sentence in Egypt is 25 years.
The court acquitted Mohamed Rahma, 28, who holds both Egyptian and Sudanese nationality, according to AFP.
The court's verdicts are not subject to the normal appeals process, and can only be annulled by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Meanwhile, police authorities are still searching for a Sudanese arms smuggler they claim is the gang's leader, though his identity was not disclosed. (Albawaba.com)
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