Human rights observers have repeatedly criticised such mass sentencings in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure fair trials. [Amr Nabil/AP Photo]
An Egyptian court has sentenced 37 people to death, including one the country’s most high-profile fighters, on terrorism-related charges.
The Cairo Criminal Court said on Monday the defendants were charged with belonging to a local affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group spearheading a rebellion in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
The men are among more than 200 defendants accused of carrying out more than 50 attacks that included killing high-ranking police officers and bombings that targeted the Egyptian capital’s police headquarters.
The charges include a 2013 assassination attempt on the Egyptian interior minister.
Among those sentenced to death was Hisham el-Ashmawi,