Egypt court sentence 6 to death for ‘violence’


CAIRO (AA) – An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced six people to death for committing acts of violence in 2016, according to a local judicial source.

The Cairo Criminal Court also jailed two people for life, one for five years, three for 15 years and two for three years, the source said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

The defendants were charged with murder and violence over an attack on a security checkpoint north of Cairo.

Tuesday’s verdicts are still subject to appeal.

Egypt was roiled by turmoil after the military unseated and imprisoned Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president, in a 2013 military coup.

Since then, hundreds of people have been sentenced to death or lengthy prison terms after being convicted of committing acts of violence.