Egypt court sentences 23 men to jail

An Egyptian court has sentenced 23 men to jail without parole for 14 years over the death of Hassan Shehata

Egypt court sentences 23 men to jail

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court sentenced 23 people to 14 years of maximum security prison and acquitted eight on Saturday over the killings of four Muslims.

Of the 23 sentenced to prison, nine are in custody, while the remaining 14 were sentenced in absentia.

In June 2013, leading figure Hassan Shehata was killed alongside three others when a crowd of people attacked a religious gathering in a Giza village.

In August 2014,  Egypt's top prosecutor referred 31 suspects to criminal court over the killing of the four.

The 31 defendants were accused of murder, attempted murder, torching, illegal assembly, vandalism and possession of unlicensed weapons. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Haziran 2015, 17:43