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31 Egyptians get death for killing top prosecutor

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CAIRO: A Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced 31 persons to death on charges of involvement in the assassination of Egypt’s former attorney general.

Hisham Barakat, who was 63 years old when he was appointed attorney general by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following a military coup against Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, was assassinated in a June 2015 terror attack, Efe news reported.

The 31 men have been charged with crimes including premeditated murder, belonging to a terrorist group, joining a foreign terror organisation, possessing and manufacturing explosives, illegally possessing firearms and blades and espionage.