Aswan terrorism court handed down on Monday sentences of imprisonment ranging from 3-25 years to 36 convicts over charges of joining the Islamic State terrorist group (Daesh)- Photo by Ashraf fawzy/ Egypt Today
CAIRO - 27 January 2020: An Aswan terrorism court handed down on Monday sentences of imprisonment ranging from 3-25 years to 36 convicts over charges of joining the Islamic State terrorist group (Daesh).
As per the court ruling, eight defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment (25 years each), while three others were handed down sentences of 15 years in prison. Moreover, four convicts received a sentence of 10 years in prison; four others got 3 years and 17 co-defendants were sentenced to 3 years in jail.
The court, which was presided by Judge Mohamed Said al-Sherbiny, acquitted seven people, including a football player in Aswan Sports Club, of all charges.
The investigations revealed that the convicts were guilty as they formed a terrorist group aimed at sabotaging and undermining the state. Some convicts received military training by terrorists in North Sinai, besides killing and injuring police personnel in Qalyoub city (Egypt’s Delta).
The Islamihc State has a branch in Sinai, where the Egyptian Army has launched a military offensive against extremists since February 2018. The authorities say some 650 suspected extremists and around 50 soldiers have been killed since then.