Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi speaks during a news conference at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, March 2, 2017. (Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
CAIRO – 4 February 2019: Eight defendants out of 292 people accused of attempting to assassinate Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in Saudi Arabia, were sentenced to death on Monday.
The defendants are accused of planning to assassinate Sisi in August 2014, which marked Sisi’s performance of Umrah rituals in Saudi Arabia. Umrah, considered the “lesser” pilgrimage, is an Islamic rite that can be performed at any time of the year in Mecca.
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) performing the mini-pilgrimage, known in Arabic as umrah, in the holy Saudi city of Makkah on August 11, 2014. (AFP)
Cairo criminal court issued the verdict after accusing them of several assissination attempts and terrorist attacks in Sinai against army soldiers, targeting police stations and planting explosive devices.
CAIRO - 4 February 2019: Cairo criminal court will issue its verdict in the case in which 292 people are accused of attempting to assassinate Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef in Saudi Arabia.