Egyptian Military Court Sentences 36 to Death for Bombing Three Churches

ICC Note: Thirty-six suspects were sentenced in a military court for bombing three churches and a police checkpoint in Egypt. The whole case has 48 suspects of which 31 are already in prison, but 17 are still fugitives.

4/10/2018 Egypt (Daily News Egypt) -An Egyptian military court sentenced on Tuesday 36 defendants accused of bombing three churches and a police checkpoint. The court referred the ruling to Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam for approval, a step required by law, though his opinion is non-binding.

The three churches were St George Church in Tanta, St Mark Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria, Botroseya Church in Cairo, and the attack on the police checkpoint was in the New Valley. The case includes 48 defendants, among them 31 who are imprisoned, while 17 others are fugitives.

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