Egypt sentences 30 to death over top prosecutor assassination

  • Egypt sentences 30 to death over top prosecutor assassination

Egypt sentences 30 to death over top prosecutor assassination

Hisham Barakat, who oversaw President Mubarak's acquittal, was killed in a auto bombing near his house in Cairo in 2015.

The defendants said they were forced to confess under torture and their lawyers asked that they be medically examined.

"And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his punishment is hell", the judge added, quoting a verse from Islam's holy book, the Quran.

Hisham Barakat, who was 63 years old when he was appointed attorney general by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following a military coup against Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, was assassinated in a June 2015 terror attack, Efe news reported.

In June 2015, Barakat was killed in a Cairo bomb attack that struck his convoy in the upscale eastern Cairo district of Heliopolis.

He oversaw the acquittal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The court is scheduled to issue a ruling on these death sentences on 22 July. Only half of the defendants are in custody, with 15 on the run.

The other suspects on trial, out of a total of 67, have yet to receive their judgements.

In March a year ago, Egyptian Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar alleged that both Egypt's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood movement and Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, in a coordinated move, were involved in the assassination, an accusation that drew strong denial from Hamas.

BBC reports that all death sentences have to be sent to the grand mufti for his opinion on whether they should stand.