Egyptians seeks death penalty for plot to kill Sisi

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An Egyptian court is seeking the death penalty for eight defendants who allegedly plotted to kill President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

The accused are said to have formed a terrorist cell that planned to strike in 2014.

They’re alleged to have intended to assassinate both Mr Sisi and the former Saudi Crown Prince, Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, while the Egyptian leader was on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The case has been referred to one of Egypt’s religious leaders, the Grand Mufti – a first step in the legal process required to confirm a death penalty verdict.