- Title: Egypt court sentences 28 to death over 2015 prosecutor killing
- Date: 22nd July 2017
- Summary: CAIRO, EGYPT (JULY 22, 2017) (REUTERS) CAIRO CRIMINAL COURT IN TORAH PRISON PRISONERS IN COURTHOUSE CAGES / POLICE POLICEMAN SITTING ON BENCH GENERAL PUBLIC IN COURTHOUSE VARIOUS OF DEFENDANTS CHANTING BEHIND GLASS JUDGE PANEL WALKING INTO COURT COURTHOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) JUDGE, HASSAN FARID, SAYING: "Hamza Al sayed Hussein, Youssef Ahmed Mahmoud, Mohamed Abdelhafiz, Al Sayed Mohamed Abdelhamid, Aly Mostafa Aly, sentenced to death by hanging to the crimes which they were found guilty of." DEFENDANTS IN CAGE VARIOUS OF DEFENDANTS CHANTING IN CAGE (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEFENCE LAWYER, AHMED SAAD, SAYING: "The verdicts were shocking today. They were more (shocking) than last time when the court recommended death penalty for 30 people to the Grand Mufti. We were surprised to by the life sentences and a 15 year sentence to (defendant) Doctor Basma. Even Gamal Khairy, who is blind, was sentenced to 15 years. Others who had nothing to do with the assassination of the martyr Hesham Barakat, received life sentences. They were unrelated to the incident. We were surprised that the verdicts were so severe." JOURNALISTS MOVING AROUND COURTROOM
- Embargoed: 5th August 2017 12:28
- Keywords: Hisham Barakat car bomb attack death sentence 2015 prosecutor killing
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- City: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA0016QST6X3
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- Story Text: A Cairo criminal court on Saturday (July 22) sentenced to death 28 people over the 2015 killing of Egypt's top prosecutor and handed 15 others jail sentences of 25 years each.
Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in the capital. Egypt blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and Gaza-based Hamas militants for the operation. Both groups have denied having a role.
In June, the court had recommended death penalty for 30 people in the case. It referred the recommendation to the country's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding legally-required opinion.
The sentences, confirmed by the court in Saturday's hearing after the Grand Mufti's approval, can be appealed.
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