Egypt: death penalty for 22 jihadists convicted in a series of attacks since 2013

Funeral of the victims of the attack.

Mansoura, December 24, 2013. REUTERS / Mohamed Abd El Ghany

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In Egypt, the Court of Cassation upheld the death penalty for 22 jihadists, one of whom has already been executed for another case.

They had been convicted of a series of attacks that had left 340 dead and injured since 2013.

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Alexandre Buccianti 

The convicts belonged to the terrorist organization

Ansar Beit al-Maqdess

 held responsible for 54 attacks after the dismissal of President Muslim Brother Mohamad Morsi in 2013. Two of the most spectacular attacks consisted in exploding car bombs in front of the prefectures of police in Cairo and Mansoura in the Delta.

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Ansar Beit al-Maqdess was headed by a former special forces officer Hicham al-Achmaoui.

Achmaoui had been executed for attacks committed against military positions on the Libyan border.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdess' best-known death row inmate today is Mohamad Oweiss, a police officer who provided the addresses of many senior counterterrorism officials.

Among those responsible for Beit al-Maqdess killed was Mohamad Mabrouk, a childhood friend of the police officer considered a traitor.

Death sentences can be executed immediately.

In addition, the Court confirmed for 118 other jihadists prison terms of up to life.

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