CAIRO: Mansoura Criminal Court announced Monday that it is seeking the death penalty for five defendants over the 2014 murder of the son of a judge, Youm7 reported.
Judge Mohamed Allam sent the case file to the Grand Mufti for consultation; the sentence will be pronounced July 17. The Mufti’s opinion is unbinding.
The detained defendants include Ahmed al-Hendawy, an engineering student, al-Moataz Bellah Ghanem, a commerce student, both at Mansoura University and Abdel Hamid Metwally, owner of a computer company.
The defendants tried in absentia include Mohamed al-Banna and Hassan Ismail.
According to the prosecution, the defendants planned to assassinate Colonel al-Saeed Shear because he was handling the file of pro-Muslim Brotherhood students at Mansoura University during protests demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi.
On the day the assassination was planned at the officer’s home, 26-year old Mohamed al-Sayed, son of a judge at the Cairo Appeals Court, was inside the garage of Shear’s home. Assailants on a motorcycle shot him dead in the presence of his father Sept. 10, 2014.