3 sentenced to death in Egypt for attacks that killed 11 Israelis
By The Associated Press
An Egyptian state security court on Thursday condemned to death three Islamic
militants convicted of taking part in the 2004 suicide attacks in Taba and
another Sinai resort that killed 34 people, including 11 Israelis.
Younes Mohammed Mahmoud, Osama al-Nakhlawi and Mohammed Jaez Sabbah were found
guilty of terrorism, murder, illegal possession of weapons, and belonging to a
More than 100 people wounded in the bombings, which destroyed a wing of the
Taba Hilton hotel in October 2004. The court sentenced two other defendants to
life imprisonment, another eight defendants received sentences ranging from 15
years to five years in prison for playing lesser roles in the attacks.
A defense lawyer, Ahmed Seif el-Islam, criticized the sentences as being
"unjust." In state security courts, the accused do not have the right of
appeal. They may appeal only to President Hosni Mubarak for clemency.
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