Egypt court upholds 3rd death sentence against militant Habara
Adel Habara during his trial - YOUM7

CAIRO:  The Giza Criminal Court upheld Saturday death sentences against militant Adel Habara and other 15 co-defendants over killing 25 Central Security forces on August 19, 2013 in North Sinai’s Rafah, Youm7 reported.

On Oct.1, the court has referred the case to Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam for his non-binding religious opinion on the death sentences. In June, Court of Cassation accepted the defendants’ appeal against the December 2014 sentences ranged between death and 15 years in jail.

The convicts face charges of Killing the security forces in Bilbeis city in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Sharqia and spying for al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq.

Habara had already received two death sentences in terrorism-related charges; on Nov. 6, the Zaqaziq Criminal Court sentenced him to death over killing a policeman in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Sharqia, and set Dec. 6 to say its final verdict after taking Mufti’s opinion, Youm7 reported.

On Sept. 29, the Zakaziq Criminal Court sentenced Habara and six other convicts to death over joining and connecting with militant group of Islamic State (IS); another convict was acquitted.

Habara was arrested in 2012; Death sentences were issued over his “involvement” in committing the terrorist attacks that took place since 2013.

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