Egypt court sentences 26 to death for plotting Suez attack

An Egyptian court sentenced 26 people to death for plotting attacks on ships passing through the Suez Canal. (Shutterstock)

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)

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