Egypt court recommends death for 25 over tribal clash

2016-05-11 20:04


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Cairo - An Egyptian court on Wednesday recommended death sentences for 25 people over deadly tribal clashes in 2014 in the southern province of Aswan, judicial and prosecution officials said.

The court asked the mufti - the country's official interpreter of Islamic law - to consider the death sentences and it scheduled a session to pronounce its final decision on June 7.

The 25 defendants were among 163 people accused of killing 28 people in clashes between two tribes in Aswan that erupted after a woman was accosted in April 2014.

Egyptian law requires the mufti to sign off on death sentences. His opinion is not binding but is usually respected by courts.

Sixteen of the defendants were present while nine were tried in absentia, the officials said.

They were charged with murder, attempted murder and arson.

The two clans, Bani Hilal and the Nubian Dabudiya family, had long-standing tensions before the incident.

The trial was held in another southern province, Assiut, for security reasons.

Tribal vendettas are common in Egypt's poor, rural south, but police called the 2014 clashes among the deadliest in recent memory.


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