CAIRO (AP) An Egyptian court has sentenced 12 alleged militants, including a U.S.-designated terrorist, to life in prison on charges of plotting attacks in Egypt against police, military, foreign missions and ships passing through the strategic Suez Canal.
Judge Shabaan el-Shamy also sentenced on Wednesday 13 others to between seven and 15 years in prison, and acquitted one defendant. The group of 26 defendants, known locally as “the Nasr City cell,” included Muhammad Jamal el-Kashif, a 50-year-old militant, designated a terrorist by the U.S. State Department and the United Nations.
El-Kashif, arrested in 2012 in Egypt, is suspected of links to al-Qaida and is accused of setting up training camps for militants in Egypt and Libya.
The defendants raised pictures of Osama bin Laden and chanted “God is Great” following the sentence.
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