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Egypt sentences 37 people to death

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — An Egyptian court has sentenced Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former militia special forces officer and 36 others, to death after being convicted of terrorism charges.

Ashmawy was captured in the Libyan city of Derna, in 2018, and was delivered to Egypt in May last year.

He has been convicted on several charges including planning a 2014 attack that killed 22 soldiers near the border with Libya and for his involvement in the attempted assassination of a former Egyptian interior minister, an Egyptian army statement said. .

Ashmawy led the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, considered the most active militant group in Egypt, before declaring his allegiance to the Islamic State militant group in 2014.

The other 36 people who have tried together with Ashmawy have also been convicted on terrorism charges.

According to the laws in Egypt, this decision is referred to the country’s Grand Mufti, as it decides on any capital punishment.

A new confirmation hearing is set for March 2nd, after the Egyptian Mufti gives his opinion./REL

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