An Egyptian court condemned to death seven people for links to ISIS and the 2015 beheading in Libya of 21 Coptic Christians.
The seven were accused of being members of an Islamic State cell in Marsa Matruh and of planning attacks after having received military training at jihadist camps in Libya and Syria, AFP quoted judicial officials as saying. Three of them were sentenced to death in absentia. ChristianPost
Death Sentences Upheld
An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences for seven people over the beheadings in Libya of 21 Christians, all but one from Egypt, and for belonging to the Daesh terror group, a judicial official said Sunday.
In February 2015, Libya posted a video on the Internet of the beheadings on a Libyan beach, sparking international condemnation and Egyptian air strikes against extremist targets in the neighbouring country.
Saturday’s court ruling came a day after an attack on a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula that killed more than 300 people and for which Daesh is the main suspect.
The court also sentenced 10 people to life in prison — 25 years in Egypt — and three others to 15 years in prison, the official said.
The ruling can still be appealed.
The court first condemned the seven to death in September. Three were condemned in absentia, and an unspecified number of those sentenced were accused of having taken part in the beheadings.
Prosecutors accused the seven suspects of belonging to a Daesh cell in Marsa Matruh, northwest Egypt, and of planning attacks after having received military training at extremist camps in Libya and Syria. JordanTimes