A criminal court in Egypt has slammed a death sentence on 30 convicts for their role in the 2015 assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor Hisham Barakat, who was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo.
The assassination of Barakat which is considered as the most senior state official killed by militants in recent years, later emerged as an operation for which Egypt blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and Gaza-based Hamas militants, though both groups have denied it.
“The brutal conspiracy by hired hands to target the public prosecutor Hisham Barakat and assassinate him, where the corrupt and weak-willed forces of evil and tyranny conspired, could only be carried out by an unjust group that has shed innocent blood,” said Judge Hassan Farid.
The court set a verdict session for July 22, after referring its recommendation to the country’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding legally-required opinion. The July 22 verdict can be appealed against.
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