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14 sentenced to hang over Egypt revenge killing

10 March 2014, 17:05

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 14 men to be hanged for the revenge killing of a merchant and his daughter in a village north of Cairo, local media reported.

The court found the 14, from two families in the village of Miet Hashim, guilty of breaking into the man's home in 2010 and slaying him and his daughter, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported online.

The attack was in revenge for the killing of a relative of the offenders days earlier, the newspaper said, adding that a feud between the three families had been going on for five years.

 The sentences must be approved by the Grand Mufti, Egypt's head of Islamic jurisprudence, and may be appealed.

Egyptian law provides for the death penalty for murder, rape, drug smuggling and terrorism offences.

Courts handed down 91 death sentences in 2013, according to Amnesty International. Hangings are not announced and figures for the numbers executed are not released.



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