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Attacks on Copts in Maspero weren’t religiously-motivated: prosecution

Prosecution jumps the gun before investigations are complete and suggests that the attack against Copts protesting in front of Egypt’s media headquarters was not religiously-motivated

Ahram Online, Monday 16 May 2011
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After Cairo prosecution’s interrogation of 18 of the 52 suspects accused of attacking a Coptic protest that took place in front of Egypt’s media headquarters, Maspero, thus far concludes that the attacks were not religiously-motivated.

The prosecution claims that, rather, a normal fight erupted, starting with gunshots from the 6 of October Bridge near the protest. The prosecution left the motivation for the gunshots unanswered.

The 52 suspects were held on various charges of assault and battery, damage to public property, owning unlicensed weapons and intent to incite sectarian violence in Egypt. The attacks left 78 injured.

Today is the ninth day of the sit-in prompted by the attack on Copts and two ‎churches in ‎‎Imbaba on 7 May. The Coptic protesters refused to end their sit-in at Maspero Sunday, despite Pope Shenouda III petition for them to return home and end the sit-in.

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