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{UAH} Egypt Sentences 13 to Death for Prison Escape

Egypt Sentences 13 to Death for Prison Escape

Friday, 13 July, 2018 - 10:30
Cairo- Walid Abdul Rahman
An Egyptian court sentenced on Thursday 13 defendants to death over their convictions of murder and jailbreak from Al-Mostakbal Prison at Ismailia -- four of the defendants belong to Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

Ismailia Criminal Court ordered execution of the 13 defendants, including six in custody and seven fugitives, for killing a police officer and a civilian during a jailbreak attempt in 2016 in Egypt's Suez Canal city of Ismailia. 

Back then, the Ministry of Interior revealed in a statement that the security services in Al-Mostakbal Prison notified the relevant parties that a number of prisoners attempted to escape.

Ismailia Criminal Court referred the file of the 13 defendants to the Mufti of Egypt. 

The defendants (the first till the ninth) were charged with killing three officers and a citizen. The public prosecution faced the defendants with charges of using force for the sake of intimidating the officers and policemen working in the deportation administration in Mostakbal city, disrupting public security and escaping the prison.

The public prosecution investigations affirmed that the defendants arrested a police guard, detained him in their cell and tortured him in order to escape. 

Meanwhile, the Appeal Court (the highest judiciary authority in the country) upheld the sentence of the criminal court of nine years imprisonment in the case of the nine accused men and five years imprisonment in the case of one accused.

Terrorism has prevailed in Egypt since the military ousted the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013. The public prosecution accused the detained with provoking violent acts that undermine public interest, killing of innocent civilians and belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood that is considered a terrorist organization in Egypt.


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