Update: Al-Qaeda leader’s brother acquitted in   ‘Zawahiri cell’ case
Mohamed Rabie al-Zawahriri during his trial

CAIRO: Mohamed Rabie al-Zawahriri, the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahriri has been acquitted of the charges of forming a terrorist cell affiliated with al-Qaeda in Egypt, while 10 out of 88 defendants were sentenced to death, Youm7 reported.

The South Cairo Court upheld death sentences against 10 defendants in that case dubbed in media as “Zawahiri terrorist Cell,” while other 20 convicts received life imprisonment sentences.

On Aug. 10, the Cairo Court referred the sentences to Grant Mufti Shawki Allam for his advisory opinion. Only 50 defendants attended the trial and the others are fugitives.

The prosecution has accused the defendants of establishing and directing a terrorist organization aiming to “disrupt constitution and state institutions, spying for Al-Qaeda organization, planning to target security installations and inciting to kill army and police forces.”

Further details to follow.

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