37 Sentenced to Death by Egyptian Court on Terrorism Charges

Amnesty International has Called for Fair Retrial of Defendants

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Thirty-seven people including a leader of a local affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court.

The Cairo Criminal Court found the defendants guilty of terrorism-related charges. The defendants were among more than 200 people accused of carrying out more than 50 attacks including the 2013 assassination attempt on the Egyptian interior minister.

Human rights group including Amnesty International have criticized the mass sentencing of defendants. The groups have called on the authorities to retry the defendants in compliance with international human rights law.