Egypt court sentences life term to 24 Islamists for killing Sisi supporter

The 24 Islamists, who killed a taxi driver for putting president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi picture in his car, were sentenced life in prison by an Egyptian court on Monday.

Updated: Jun 23, 2014, 22:51 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Cairo: The 24 Islamists, who killed a taxi driver for putting president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi picture in his car, were sentenced life in prison by an Egyptian court on Monday.

As per the reports, the verdict was announced by a court in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura,

Judicial sources said the convicted men were supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi who was overthrown by Sisi last July, and were accused of killing the driver by slitting his throat.

Today`s ruling comes days after an Egyptian court confirmed death sentences for 183 alleged Islamists, including Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie, over the murder of two policemen and the attempted murder of five others in the central Minya province on August 14.

Sisi, now Egypt`s elected president, overthrew Morsi last July when he was the army chief.
Morsi`s Islamist supporters have since then staged near-daily protests that often descend in street clashes amid a brutal police crackdown which has killed more than 1,400 people.

(With AFP inputs)