Egyptian court sentences 2 defendants to 15 years in prison over terrorism charges

An Egyptian court sentenced on Saturday two defendants to 15 years in prison over terror charges, official MENA news agency reported.

According to MENA, the prosecution charged the two, together with a third accomplice who is now dead, with forming a terrorist cell in January 2015.

The cell was meant to prevent state institutions from carrying out their duties, attack police personnel and target public property, MENA said.

Three were also accused of possessing unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

Terrorism prevailed in Egypt since the military ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in early July 2013 in response to mass protests against his 12-month reign and his currently outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Terror attacks killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in restive North Sinai province northeastern Cairo before they gradually extended to other provinces, where dozens of civilians, mainly Christians were killed.

Most of the attacks were claimed by Sinai State group, which is based in Egypt’s North Sinai province.