Good governance and rule of law

A military court upheld life sentences for 32 people accused of planning an “assassination attempt” on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and a former Saudi crown prince in 2014.

Khaled el-Masri, a lawyer for the defendants, said the court “upheld the verdicts as handed down, except for two defendants whose sentences were reduced to 15 years in prison.”

The case dates back to 2014 when Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and former Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Nayef were on a pilgrimage to Mecca. They were both targeted by an “assassination attempt,” which was revealed to the media in 2016. 

In total, more than 290 people were convicted in the case on various charges including “forming and belonging to terrorist groups.” Thirty-two defendants were given life sentences.