13 prisoners handed death sentences in major jail break case

Daily News Egypt
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Egyptian army soldiers guard Tora prison, where Egypt's deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak has been held, in Cairo, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Mubarak has been released from jail and taken to military hospital in Cairo. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced to death 13 prisoners accused of escaping from prison, according to state media on Thursday.

The state media said that the defendants do not only include escapees, but also individuals who assisted with the prison break, without clarifying their identities.

Six of the defendants were tried in absentia, while seven were present.

On 21 October 2016, six prisoners fled the Ismailia Future Prison, engaging in an exchange of fire with the police, which led to the killing of a civilian and an officer, and the injuring of one conscript.

In the aftermath of the prison break, several high-ranking security officials in Ismailia were dismissed or transferred to different positions, including the governorate chief of security and his deputy.

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