Cairo Criminal Court referred Tuesday Sinai’s top militant Adel Habara and six others in the ‘second Rafah massacre’ case to the Grand Mufti to confirm their death sentence.
The court has set another hearing for 6 December to issue the final verdict on the defendants.
The ‘second rafah massacre’ occurred in August 2013, following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi. During the incident, militants killed 25 Central Security Forces soldiers in the Abu Tawila region along the international Al Arish/Rafah road.
Habara was arrested by North Sinai Security Forces after the incident in Al-Arish, where he was hiding. He was found to have been sentenced in absentia for committing acts of murder in 2005 with Al-Qaeda in the Sinai towns of Dahab and Taba.
The defendants, reportedly, admitted to the killing of the 25 soldiers.