Egyptian court upholds death sentence for 21 suspected militants

Egyptian court upholds death sentence for 21 suspected militants
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25 November, 2021
Over 20 Islamist militants suspected of being behind attacks in Egypt will face the death sentence, an Egyptian court ruled Thursday
The suspects were accused of carrying out dozens of deadly militant operations in Egypt [Getty- file photo]

Egypt's highest civilian court on Thursday issued a final ruling upholding a death sentence for 21 suspected Islamist militants, a judicial source and the state news agency MENA said.

The defendants were convicted of belonging to Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis group, which changed its name to Sinai Province after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.

The suspects were accused of carrying out dozens of deadly militant operations, including against state security facilities and officials.

Another 43 defendants had life prison sentences confirmed, while 10-year sentences were upheld for 23 defendants and five-year sentences for a further 53.

Rights groups say the rate of executions in Egypt has risen sharply since last year. Amnesty International said earlier this month that at least 83 people had been executed so far in 2021, many of them after unfair trials.

(Reuters)