An Egyptian man accused of supporting the Islamic State by killing a Christian doctor was sentenced to death on Saturday.

The alleged perpetrator received the death sentence as the primary suspect in the fatal stabbing of an 82-year-old Christian doctor in Cairo.

According to prosecutors’ statements, the killing occurred in September 2017 after the 40-year-old defendant requested to see the doctor, pretending to be a patient.

Thereof, the man who was not identified, began stabbing the doctor when he was shown into the clinic’s examination room, and then stabbed the physician’s assistant when she intervened in an attempt to stop the attack.

Prosecutors added that the defendant had embraced the extremist ideology of the Islamic State. The local affiliate of the group has targeted Egypt’s minority Christian population as punishment for its support of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who has cracked down on Muslim groups since taking power after the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Nevertheless, Saturday’s verdict was sent Egypt’s top Muslim cleric for ratification, a formality whose outcome is non-binding.