Egyptian Prosecutor Calls for Life Hard Labor Punishments for Suspected Islamists

Published June 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The prosecution in the security trial of 10 Islamic activists including four women, has called for life sentences with hard labour for belonging to an extremist group, court officials reported Wednesday. 

All 10 are accused of belonging to an illegal group dedicated to undermining the constitution, denying the state's authority and insulting the head of state and society. 

The group's leader and the main defendant, Mansur Mohamed Ramadan, is accused of raping two sisters, Chaymaa and Asmaa Chaaban, and forcing them to abandon their studies and join the group. 

The trial opened on May 23rd and was adjourned till June 27th. On Wednesday, the court heard witness testimony - CAIRO (AFP) 


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