CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court handed down the third death sentence to Adel Habara on Thursday for his role in killing 25 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah, North Sinai in August 2013.
The court will uphold or commute the sentence on Nov. 14 after consulting the Grand Mufti for an unbinding religious opinion. A total of 34 other defendants in the case were given the same penalty.
A court had ruled the same punishment for Habara in December 2014, but the Cassation Court accepted a retrial request from the defendant.
Similarly, Habara received another death sentence from Zagazig Criminal Court Tuesday in a retrial for contacting the Islamic State group (IS.) He had been given the same sentence in the first trial in May.
Habara was sentenced to seven years in prison over five separate sentences through his trials for insulting his judges.
In his Thursday hearing, Habara and the other defendants did not chant or make any reactions, unlike their behavior in previous session, according to Youm7.