Capital punishment for 3 for murder of Alexandria officer

CAIRO: A case against three people was referred to the Grand Mufti Thursday, signaling a death sentence for murdering an officer in Alexandria Aug. 14, 2013.

Major Hossan Bahiy of Central Security Forces was securing Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the largest cultural complex in Egypt, when assailants shot him Aug. 14, 2013.

The shooting occurred as part of wide-scale violence across Egypt after the police forcibly dispersed the Cairo Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, killing hundreds of protesters.

Judges seek the Grand Mufti’s unbinding religious opinion on death sentences. The judge scheduled the sentence for Sept. 28, after which the defendants may appeal.

Hundreds of death sentences were issued in cases against Islamists in Egypt since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Seven convicts have been hanged to death since then.

For all the protesters deaths at the hands of the police, an officer was sentenced in August to five years in prison and three other policemen were handed down suspended one-year sentences for manslaughter and negligence in a retrial. Officer Amr Farouk had been sentenced to 10 years in prison in his first trial.

The convicts were found guilty as 37 Islamist detainees suffocated to death inside a police truck with a tear gas canister fired inside the cramped vehicle on Aug. 18, 2013.

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