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Attackers of Nag Hammadi Copts released

Nasser Sobhy

21 Jan 2013 6:51 pm

Qena prosecution has released the seven Muslim villagers caught under charges of attacking the Copts, their property and Abu-Fam church in the village of Marashada in Nag Hammadi, Qena, Upper Egypt. Investigation is still ongoing, however. The prosecution should be hearing the testimonies of the local priest and the Coptic victims whose homes and shops were burned. A technical committee has been formed to assess the damages

Qena prosecution has released the seven Muslim villagers caught under charges of attacking the Copts, their property and Abu-Fam church in the village of Marashada in Nag Hammadi, Qena, Upper Egypt. Investigation is still ongoing, however. The prosecution should be hearing the testimonies of the local priest and the Coptic victims whose homes and shops were burned. A technical committee has been formed to assess the damages.
The Copts injured in the attack are Madeline Rasmy, Nasser Khairy Attiya, and Sobhy Gad. 
Under the pretext that a 60-year-old Copt, Nader Attiya, molested a four-year-old village girl, the Muslim villagers, egged on by cries from the village mosque microphone to defend Islam, last week waged a vicious attack against the Copts in the village. They brought down the crosses of the church of Abu-Fam and smashed its windows; six Coptic-owned shops, three cars and a motorcycle were burned. 
The police caught seven Muslim villagers on charges of rioting and destruction of private property. 
An official medical report pronounced the little girl safe and sound, with not the slightest sign of molestation.
Watani International 
21 January 2013


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