Court adjourns 'Giza Cell' defendants' plea to January 20

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Mon, 17 Dec 2018 - 01:39 GMT

Defendants and police at the Cairo Criminal Court – Reuters

Defendants and police at the Cairo Criminal Court – Reuters

CAIRO – 17 December 2018: The Court of Cassation adjourned issuing its decision on the defendants' appeal to death and life imprisonment sentences in the case known in media as the "Giza Terrorist Cell" to January 20.

The Giza cell is reportedly one of the most dangerous terrorist cells formed recently. The Court of Cassation upheld in April placing the cell suspects on the list of terrorist entities.

In October, a Giza criminal court upheld death sentences against 11 convicts of the Giza cell over charges of attempted murder and inciting violence. Other 14 convicts were sentenced to 25 years in prison in absentia, while another defendant was handed down a sentence of 10 years in prison.

According to the prosecution’s investigations, the defendants faced charges of violating personal freedom, providing terrorist groups with material and financial aid, vandalizing public properties, attempting to kill an officer in the General Directorate of the Giza Security Forces, vandalizing a police car, stealing weapons and manufacturing explosive devices in 2015.

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