Egypt Sentences 14 Terrorists to Death (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 08/15/12)
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A criminal court in Egypt on Tuesday sentenced 14 members of a
terrorist group to death, the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm
The 14 attacked a police station in the city of Arish in July of last
year and killed army and police officers.
The incident occurred on July 29, 2011, when the terrorists attacked
the police department in the capital city of North Sinai Governorate.
The ensuing crossfire left two police and army officers and three
citizens dead. The attack came after a demonstration by a group
believed to be Jihadists in which they raised Islamic banners.
Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that the defendants faced charges of
founding an illegal group, Al-Tawheed wa al-Jihad, which aims at
suspending the provisions of the constitution and the law, hindering
the work of state institutions and public authorities, using
terrorism as a means of reaching goals, and assaulting police and
armed forces personnel to disrupt public order, safety and security.
They were also charged with stealing three automatic rifles, 125
bullets and explosive materials, the report said.
The court had in previous sessions heard the testimonies of the
witnesses, including the North Sinai security director, the military
intelligence director, and the police officers who conducted the
It ruled that the papers of convicts be sent to Grand Mufti Ali
Gomaa, which is routine for death sentences. The mufti’s opinion on
the death penalty is consultative. The court set September 24 to read
the ruling and continue trying the rest of the defendants.
Egyptian authorities say Al-Tawheed wa al-Jihad was behind the
October 7, 2004 bombings in a Taba resort on the Egyptian-Israeli
border, in Sharm el-Sheikh on July 23, 2005, and in Dahab on April
Egypt has launched a crackdown on Sinai terrorism in recent days, in
response to a terror attack near the border with Israel last week, in
which 16 Egyptian officers were killed.
A report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information
Center has indicated that international terrorist groups with roots
in Libya, Sudan and Iraq are working to take over the Sinai Peninsula.
Efforts to turn the region into a major launching point for attacks
are being encouraged by Al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri, the report
stated. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/15/12)
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