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Egypt court sentences 12 ISIS supporters to death

28 August 2015, 14:18

Cairo - An Egyptian court sentenced to death 12 members of the Islamic State group on Thursday for planning attacks against police and soldiers in the country, a judicial official said.

Six of those who were on trial are behind bars, while the rest are still at large, the official said.

They were convicted of having joined ISIS - which has declared a "caliphate" in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control - and of plotting to attack members of Egypt's police force and military.

Also Read: IS struggle to make progress in Taliban bastion Afghanistan

In Egypt, death sentences are forwarded to the country's grand mufti, the official interpreter of Islamic law, who then issues a non-binding opinion.

The sentences issued will either be confirmed or commuted on September 12 by the court in the northern province of Sharkia, a court official said.

In a separate trial, two cousins were sentenced to three years in prison in the same province for using Facebook to promote the ideology of ISIS, the official added.



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