Egypt sentences 12 Coptic Christians to life in prison

Egypt sentences 12 Coptic Christians to life in prison


On 21 May, Egypt’s State Security Council sentenced 12 Christians to life in prison and acquitted eight Muslims.

The Christians were found guilty of sowing public strife, possession of illegal weapons, and killing two Muslims in an April 2011 episode of violence that took place in Minya province, about 220 kilometers south of Cairo.

The violence was spurred on after a Muslim bus driver became angry over a speed bump in front of a wealthy Christian’s home. The bus driver go...


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