Egyptian court sentences Islamist militant to death over terrorism charges

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An Egyptian court sentenced on Wednesday an Islamist militant to death over terrorism charges.

Abdel Hamid Osman Abu Akrab was convicted of premeditated murders of a number of security leaders and policemen in the 1990s and joining an outlawed terrorist group called Al-Jamaa Al- Islamiya, state-run MENA news agency reported.

According to the court, Abu Akrab was behind the killing of a senior police officer in 1993. He also led a group of 32 terrorists which committed eight terrorist attacks in Egypt's southern governorate of Assiut.

The man was arrested after staying at large for 15 years.

Under the Egyptian law, the country's chief religious official must review all death sentences before the final verdict, which in this case will be pronounced on October 20.

Source: Xinhua

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