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EGYPT: Court Sentences 21 To Death Over Joining Islamic State

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An Egyptian Court on Tuesday sentenced 21 persons to death over charges of joining and forming Islamic State, IS-linked terrorist group.

The defendants were convicted for leading and joining a group which adopted ideas that called for the killing of the leader and to change the regime by force as well as assaulting the police and army institutions.

The convicted were also charged with possessing bombs and explosive devices for using it in terrorist operations that will jeopardize the public security and order, national unity and social peace.

The judge said the defendants admitted joining IS’s calls to kill the leaders, security men and the Copts.

The Copts are an ethnic group indigenous to North Africa, that primarily inhabit the area of modern Egypt, where they are the largest Christian denomination.

The court referred the sentence to Grand Mufti, the country’s highest Islamic official who will give the religious judgment of all preliminary death sentences.

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