Military court sentences 8 to death for attempted murder of security personnel
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans outside the police academy where Morsi's trial is held - REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO: Eight people were sentenced to death by an Egyptian military court for charges of attempted murder of police and military personnel, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The court also has sentenced 12 other defendants to life in prison and six to 15 year jail term over the said charges.

The military prosecution accused the convicts, reportedly supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi, of “joining a banned group that aims to disrupt the state institutions, arms possession and attempting to murder police and military top brass, and manufacturing explosives” in the wake of the dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins in August 2013.

Sunday’s ruling came after the court initially issued a preliminary verdict in the case in Feb. before it referred the case to Egypt’s Grand Mufti for religious opinion.

The court also acquitted two defendants in the same case.

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