An Egyptian court has sentenced 28 people to death over the killing of a top prosecutor two years ago,security and judicial officials said.The court on Saturday handed other defendants a variety of jail terms up to life in prison.Hisham Barakat was killed in 2015 when a car bomb struck his convoy in Cairo,an attack for which Egypt blamed the Muslim Botherhood and Gaza-based Hamas.Both groups denied having a role.
The court sentenced 15 defendants to life in prison, while a further eight received 15 years, and 15 others were handed 10 years, the officials said."The verdicts were shocking today," said Ahmed Saad, one of the defence lawyers. Of the 67 defendants, 15 are still at large.
Egypt has struggled to quell violence by armed groups since the military overthrew Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and cracked down on his supporters.Egyptian courts have sentenced hundreds of Morsi supporters to death since his overthrow, but many have appealed and won new trials.Morsi and other top figures of his Muslim Brotherhood have also faced trial.