Reuters MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY
Sohag Criminal Court in Egypt sentenced 8 of the defendants in the “Cave Case” to 15 years in prison and a fine of 20,000 pounds each, and 9 other defendants 10 years in prison.
The court issued its judgments in its session today, Wednesday, in the presence of 13 defendants and 4 accused in absentia.
The provisions included the punishment of 4 defendants in absentia with 15 years imprisonment, and a fine of 20 thousand pounds for each of them. It also imposed the same penalty for 4 defendants in the presence of a proxy.
The events of the case date back to 2016, when information came to the National Security Branch that a number of “Muslim Brotherhood” members were present in a mountain cave in the desert area west of Sohag.
Police forces and security personnel raided the area, and a number of defendants were seized with automatic rifles and ammunition, and means of subsistence were found, and they were detained for 4 days pending investigations, and referred to the Criminal Court, which issued its advanced ruling.
The Public Prosecution charged the defendants with charges of “possessing weapons and ammunition with the aim of committing terrorist acts, preparing and preparing to commit some terrorist crimes in Sohag Governorate, targeting officers, individuals and police, economic and public facilities, attempting to overthrow the government system, and planning to disrupt public and private transportation.”