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Egypt court sentences 26 to death for plotting Suez attack

The defendants were tried in absentia

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An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death on Wednesday for plotting attacks on ships passing through the Suez Canal, a judicial source said.

The defendants were tried in absentia, according to Agence France-Presse.

An Islamist insurgency has gained momentum since the army overthrew president Mohammad Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July.

The court referred the verdict to the mufti, a top Islamic official who under Egyptian law has to validate the sentence, and set March 19 for the final verdict.

(With AFP)