22 sentenced to 7-25 years for forming terrorist cell
A defendant from the Nasr City Cell holds the Quran and a photo of Osama bin Laden during sentencing - YOUM7

CAIRO: A total of 22 from the ‘Nasr City Cell’ were sentenced to between 7 and 25 years in prison, and one was acquitted by the State Security Criminal Court Wednesday on charges of forming a terrorist cell.

Eight of the defendants come from Libya and Tunisia, according to Youm7.

The group had “planned to carry out terrorist attacks” in Alexandria, the Sinai Peninsula and other governorates, according to the prosecution.

The defendants, who were arrested at different times since October 2012, aimed to “disrupt the law and state institutions and damage national unity and peace,” according to the prosecution.  The defense had demanded the acquittal of some of the defendants because they were not arrested in the act of committing a punishable felony.

Nine were sentenced to life, four were sentenced to 10 years in prison and two were sentenced to seven years.

Seven were sentenced in absentia: three were sentenced to life and four were sentenced to 15 years. The sentences are revoked once those tried in absentia appear at court, and they may appeal the new sentences of their retrial.

The evidence in the case included sniper rifles, machine guns, anti-tank missiles, and Katyusha rocket launchers as well as other heavy weapons and ammunition.

A number of defendants raised banners with pro-Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group slogans after the judge pronounced the sentence.

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