Egyptian court sentences jihadist to death over policeman’s killing

2015-12-06 17:28


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Cairo - An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced a leading jihadist to death by hanging after convicting him of killing a policeman.

The Criminal Court in Cairo said it had "convincing" evidence that Adel Habara had deliberately killed the policeman by shooting at him in the Nile Delta province of Sharqia in 2012.

"The court did not find a way to show clemency towards the defendant," presiding judge Sami Abdel-Rehim said, according to the online edition of independent newspaper al-Masri al-Youm.

The ruling can be appealed.

The verdict is the third to be handed down to Habara.

Last month, another court sentenced Habara and six other militants to death in a retrial on charges of murdering 25 policemen in an attack in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula in 2013.

The attack was carried out weeks after the military deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, and days after hundreds of Morsi's supporters were killed when police broke up their protest camps in Cairo.

In September, Habara was sentenced to death on charges of setting up an extremist group linked to the Islamic State terrorist militia.

Those two verdicts can also be appealed.

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