November 22, 2017

Egypt condemns 7 to death over IS links, Copt beheadings (Punch)

Egypt condemns 7 to death over IS links, Copt beheadings (Punch)

An Egyptian court Saturday condemned to death seven people for membership of the Islamic State group and over the beheading on a Libyan beach of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt, judicial officials said.

IS in Libya posted a video on the internet in February 2015 of the beheadings, sparking international condemnation and Egyptian air strikes against jihadist targets in the neighbouring Arab state.

Of the seven defendants, three were sentenced to death in absentia, the officials said. An unspecified number of those condemned were accused of having taken part in the beheadings. Read more

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