Ten people have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on ground of forming a terrorist group and planning attacks on police and security forces. Additionally five people were sentenced to life imprisonment for being supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood which was banned in Egypt after the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Mursi.
Egypt has been very strict on suspected extremists since the former president was toppled by former general Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. He took over as president a year later and is expected to be re-elected later this month in a vote against only token opposition.
A lot of suspected extremists along with Muslim Brotherhood supporters and members, have received death sentences since 2013, and Egypt has carried out dozens of executions, according to security sources and rights groups.
The aforementioned ruling by an Egyptian court can be appealed, followed the referral of the death sentence to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest Sunni Muslim authority. Three of the sentences were passed in absentia.
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