An Egyptian court has sentenced to death seven men, among which is a prominent Islamist militant Adel Habara, over the killing of 25 policemen in 2014 in an attack near the border with Israel, judicial sources said on Saturday. Reuters report:
The attack took place in August 2013 following the government’s violent clearing of two protest camps in Cairo, where supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had gathered to demand his reinstatement.
The court sentenced 25 others on related charges to prison for terms ranging from 15 years to life. Only 19 of those sentenced were present, including Habara, the sources said.
The ruling, which can be appealed, followed the referral of the death sentence to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest Sunni Muslim authority.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who as army chief engineered Mursi’s overthrow following protests against his rule and then launched a crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters, faces a growing Islamist insurgency in the lawless Sinai Peninsula adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip.