CAIRO: An Egyptian court sentenced to death 12 members of the Islamic State group Thursday for planning attacks against police and soldiers in the country, a judicial official said.
Six of those who were on trial are behind bars, while the rest are still at large, the official said.
They were convicted of having joined IS which has declared a “caliphate” in parts of Iraq and Syria under its control and of plotting to attack members of Egypt’s police force and military.
In Egypt, death sentences are forwarded to the country’s grand mufti, the official interpreter of Islamic law, who then issues a non-binding opinion.
The sentences issued will either be confirmed or commuted on September 12 by the court in the northern province of Sharkia, a court official said.
In a separate trial, two cousins were sentenced to three years in prison in the same province for using Facebook to promote the ideology of IS, the official added.