CAIRO: The Giza Criminal Court Saturday sentenced five defendants in the so-called “6 October Cell” terrorist group to death, and per Egyptian law, sent the verdict to Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam for his non-binding review.
The defendants were convicted of forming a terrorist cell and the final verdict in the case will be issued on Sep. 20.
The prosecution in the case accused in-total seven of forming a terrorist cell and shooting police personnel tasked with guarding St. Mary’s Church in 6 October City in Giza, killing a police officer, planning to target the police and military and planning to target Copts, beginning in October 2013.
The prosecution said the defendants committed the crimes from October 2013 until Jan. 28, 2014 in 6 October city.
A police officer was killed, while another was injured on Jan. 28 after five gunmen opened fire on police at St. Mary’s Church.
The seven defendants are Mohamed Ibrahim Fathy Mohamed, 27, Waled Hafez Mahran Abdel Rahman, 34, Mohamed Ahmed Hassan Abdo, 27, a fugitive, Mohamed Abdel Hamid Ibrahim, 21, Ahmed Saad Mohamed, a fugitive, Ahmed Mohamed Fouad, 35, and Ibrahim Ahmed Sadeq, a fugitive.
Some Egyptian media reports allege the defendants belong to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.