The body of the Copt Mina Bareh was found in the district of Mantai in Shubral-Kheima, north of Cairo, stabbed 25 times in different parts of his body. Bareh, who is 27 years old and is married with one son and an unborn child, had gone missing five days earlier. His family received a phone call informing them their son was kidnapped and demanding a ransom of EGP100,000. The family could not come up with the sum, and Bareh was killed.
The Copts in the neighbourhood were furious with the police who had done nothing to find or rescue Bareh.
A funeral service was held for Bareh’s at the Church of the Holy Virgin in Begam, far from his home district of Mantai, in order to avoid any potential sectarian clashes.
Anba Morqos, Bishop of Shubral-Kheima, said that Bareh had been on his way home after having collected a sum of money in his trading business. He was accompanied by a young Muslim who knew Bareh was carrying money and who, it is rumoured, arranged for the kidnapping. This young man has been caught by the police, and the police is looking for others involved in the crime.
7 September 2014