CAIRO: North Cairo Court sentenced 21 people to jail terms ranging from five to 25 years for committing “terrorist” acts and belonging to a “terrorist cell” dubbed in the media as Monitoring and Deterrence, Youm7 reported.
Eight defendants received life sentences, while another eight were sentenced to 10 years and five received five-year sentences. Only eight defendants were present at the trial while the remaining 13 were tried in absentia.
They were charged with detonating a bomb outside a cinema in Giza in January 2014, which left a civilian dead, detonating another bomb outside the house of the Belgium ambassador to Cairo, and planting a bomb in a police car.
On Saturday, a Cairo Court sentenced a total of 152 people to two to five years in jail for protesting against a deal between Egypt and Saudi Arabia per which Cairo announced the Kingdom has sovereignty over two islands in the Red Sea, Reuters reported.