Seven sentenced in land dispute massacre

March 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM
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BANHA, Egypt, March 22 (UPI) -- An Egyptian court has sentenced one person to death and six others to prison terms in a case involving a land dispute that resulted in 15 deaths.

The Banha Criminal Court's ruling Wednesday stems from an 2008 dispute between two Egyptian families in which one family set fire to the homes of the other family, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

A judicial source said the prison terms included a 15-year sentence to hard labor, a 10-year sentence, three five-year sentences and one three-year term.

Five other suspects were found innocent and three were released after serving their sentences while the trial proceeded.

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