Egyptian court recommends death penalty for 31 in prosecutor assassination case

Defendants accused of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor are seen in a cage in a courtroom on the outskirts of Cairo Egypt

Egyptian court recommends death penalty for 31 in prosecutor assassination case

An Egyptian court on Saturday handed down a preliminary judgment condemning 31 Islamists to death for their part in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat (pictured on poster in above photo).

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced 31 people to death for murdering the country's former chief prosecutor nearly two years ago. He died in hospital from wounds.

Egypt blamed the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood "in coordination" with Gaza-based Hamas militants for the attack, though both have denied involvement.

"Hamas calls on all parties in Egypt not to involve Palestinian factions in their internal differences", said Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri at the time.

The accused were arrested in wake of the demonstrations that were organized by the banned Muslim Brotherhood against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

For the murder of the Prosecutor of the 30 people sentenced to death.

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The sentence will be considered by the Grand Mufti, the country's top religious authority, and the final verdict delivered on 22 July.

Only half of the defendants are now in custody, with the remaining 15 on the run.

There have been no credible claims of responsibility for the bombing that killed the 64-year-old state prosecutor outside his house.

Several local and global rights groups have condemned the increasing death sentences in Egypt. Critics claimed that the defendants undergo unfair trials and give testimonies under pressure.

The government ordered a media blackout on the case soon after.

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