SPEEDY JUSTICE: A court in Egypt has sentenced to death seven people over links to the Islamic State terror group in northwest Egypt and over the February 2015 beheading of 21 Egyptian Christian Copts in Libya. And you can sure be that in Egypt, death row inmates don’t get to spend 20 years filing appeals.
Christian Post The seven were accused of being members of an Islamic State cell in Marsa Matruh and of planning attacks after having received military training at jihadist camps in Libya and Syria, AFP quoted judicial officials as saying. Three of them were sentenced to death in absentia. Thirteen others are on trial in the same case, and rulings for them are scheduled to be delivered on Nov. 25.
An affiliate of Islamic State, which also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, in North Sinai started an insurgency after the military’s ouster in 2013 of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
IS released a video of the 2015 beheadings, titled “A Message Signed With Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” Despite the horrific actions of the jihadists, the minority Coptic community in Egypt has been emboldened by the example the 21 men set in the video in their refusal to deny Christ.
As International Christian Concern reported at the two-year anniversary of the beheadings in February, relatives of the men, who were kidnapped in separate incidents in Libya throughout December 2014 and January 2015, have been honoring the memories of their loved ones.
One widow said at the time that her husband “kept the faith, and was martyred in the name of Christ. His faith was very strong. I’m proud of him. He has lifted our heads up and honored us and all the Christians.”
The children of the 21 Christians have also said that they are “proud” of the courage their fathers showed the world by refusing to renounce their faith. Numerous Coptic Christians cross over to Libya in search of work despite knowing that they will face severe persecution, including death.
In July, at least 22 Egyptian migrants were found dead in the Libyan wilderness. According to the Libyan Red Crescent, they died from heat and starvation.
A Libya intelligence report estimates that about 700 IS terrorists have re-grouped in the valleys and desert areas south of the city of Bani Walid, and another 3,000 terrorist fighters from different groups, including al-Qaeda, are operating in the country.
ISIS also beheaded dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya:
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Below center right) greets Coptic Pope Tawadros II as he attends Christmas Eve Mass at at St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope.