2 acquitted, one sentenced to 15 yrs in jail over belonging to ‘terrorist cell’

CAIRO: Two defendants were acquitted and another sentenced to 15 years in jail Saturday over charges of belonging to a “terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda,” Youm7 reported.

Cairo Criminal Court presided by Judge Mohamed Sherin Fahmy, motioned sentence of 15 years in prison against Salama Gomaa, and acquitted Mohamed Abdel-Tawab and Mohamed Ibrahim during their retrial.

On Oct. 15, the defendants along with 17 co-defendants were sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment; Mohamed Rabie al-Zawahriri, the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahriri has been acquitted, while 10 out of 88 defendants were sentenced to death. Per Egyptian penal code, a convict tried in absentia, should be retried after being arrested.

Security forces have arrested the three defendants in late 2015, Youm7 reported.

In spite of the acquittal, the presiding judge referred Zawahiri to investigation into forming another “terrorist organization” dubbed “the Victorious Sect.”

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