Wednesday trial sessions wrap-up, Giza Court upholds death sentence for 12

CAIRO: The Giza Criminal Court headed by Judge Moataz Khafagy upheld death sentences Wednesday for 12 men convicted of storming the Kerdasa Police Station and murdering several police officers last August, Youm7 reported.

Ten other defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment in the same case, and one defendant was acquitted.

Khafagy first passed the death sentence against the men on June 18 and referred the case to the Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam for his formal, but non-binding approval.

The defendants are accused of forming “terrorist” groups for the purpose of carrying out acts of sabotage, “exposing the community’s integrity and security to danger,” possessing weapons, bullets, and bombs, and  the premeditated murder of Giza Police Chief of Securities Nabil Farag and other police officers in Kerdasa police station following the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins, Youm7 reported.

Farag was fatally shot September 19, 2013, shortly after security forces and Kerdasa’s armed militants exchanged gunfire during a security crack-down on militants. The area witnessed escalating violence following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. His funeral was attended by then-Defence Minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, former Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy, and Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, Kafr el-Sheikh criminal court held in Tanta prison adjourned Wednesday the trial of 18 defendants over charges of organizing riots in Kafr el-Sheikh governorate in the Nile Delta to September 4, Youm7 reported.

The 18 suspects are accused of jeopardizing public stability, inciting violence, attempted murder, sabotaging public entities and possessing weapons during Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations following the dispersal of the two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Giza’s Nahda square in August 2013.

Also, Sohag criminal court adjourned on Wednesday the trial of 119 Muslim Brotherhood members who are accused of inciting violence, attacking police forces and burning a church in Sohag city following the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-in camps last summer to September 3 over violence charges.

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