26 sentenced to death in absentia for terrorism

CAIRO: Twenty-six persons were sentenced to death Wednesday after being tried in absentia for forming a terrorist cell targeting ships in the Suez Canal between 2004 and 2009, reported to the state-owned agency MENA.

The Cairo Criminal Court ruled that 27 persons were guilty of manufacturing explosives and missies “to be used in hostile acts,” with one receiving a 15-year prison sentence instead of the death penalty, said MENA.

The mufti of Al-Azhar must approve all death sentences before they are carried out, and MENA reported the verdict has been transferred to him for his opinion.

According to Amnesty International, Egypt sentenced 91 persons to death in 2013, with some trials by military courts, although it is not known how many executions took place.

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