12 get death for Egypt officer killing

2014-06-19 06:29
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Cairo - An Egyptian judge convicted 12 Islamists on Wednesday of murdering one of the most senior police officers to be killed in the country in recent months, sentencing them to death.

The ruling session was aired live on Egyptian television. As soon as judge Moataz Khafagi read out the sentence, the defendants broke out in chants of "God is great" in defiance while pacing around the cage. Only nine defendants were present, with the others were sentenced in absentia.

General Nabil Farrag was shot dead in September during a raid on an Islamist stronghold in Kerdasa, just outside of Cairo. The raid followed an attack by militants on a police station, killing 15 policemen and mutilating their bodies, in one of the grisliest assaults on security forces.

The militants had taken control of the town, near the Pyramids, and attacked the police station to apparently avenge a violent crackdown on a sit-in of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The break-up of the sit-in killed hundreds, most of them Islamists.

The trial had opened in March.

Judge Khafagi referred the ruling to the Grand Mufti, the highest Islamist authority in Egypt, to review it before the final decision is pronounced on 6 August.

Defendants then can appeal.

Also on Wednesday, a court sentenced two men to six months in prison for sexual harassment in the first verdict since the former interim president decreed the widespread problem a crime.

The defendants were arrested two weeks ago when they sexually harassed two women in two separate incidents in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. The two men were referred to a swift trial.

The verdict is part of several measures taken by Egyptian authorities to combat sexual assault and harassment after a string of incidents against women who were celebrating the inauguration of newly elected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

One particularly shocking video purportedly showed a woman bloodied and naked, surrounded by dozens of men. El-Sissi visited her in the hospital and promised a crackdown.

- AP
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