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Egypt Postpones Trial of 5 ISIS Terrorists till March

Egypt Postpones Trial of 5 ISIS Terrorists till March

Tuesday, 23 February, 2021 - 12:00
The High Court of Justice in Cairo (Reuters)

Egypt postponed the trial of five persons accused of “joining a terrorist group” to March 28 in the case known as the "October ISIS Cell."

The investigations of the Egyptian Prosecution indicated that between 2013 and 2015, the first convict founded a terrorist group affiliated with ISIS in the 6th October suburb of Giza governorate.

The purpose of this group was to disrupt public order, endanger the safety of society, attack the general freedom of citizens, assault members of the armed forces and the police, harm national unity and social cohesion, and target churches.

The Public Prosecution charged the second, third, fourth, and fifth defendants with “joining a terrorist group.”

It also charged the first to fourth offenders of traveling outside the country, joining ISIS in Syria where they received training on weapons and manufacturing and detonating explosive devices.

Meanwhile, the Cairo Criminal Court postponed the retrial of Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the case during the events of January 25 in 2011, when terrorists stormed Wadi al-Natrun prison and attacked security institutions.

The prosecution accused the defendants of collaborating with leaders of the international Brotherhood organization and the Lebanese Hezbollah to overthrow the Egyptian state and its institutions and train armed elements by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps to commit hostile and military acts inside the country.

In 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced 20 convicts to life imprisonment, while Ezzat and 99 other defendants were sentenced to death by hanging after they were convicted in the case that included storming Egyptian prisons and assaulting security and police facilities.

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