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8 men released on bail following Muslim mob attack on Christians in Upper Egypt

In late May, Muslim villagers set ablaze a number of Christians' homes and a woman was paraded naked in public, according to the Coptic Church

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2016
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An Egyptian court ordered on Tuesday the release on bail of eight people detained over sectarian violence by a Muslim mob against Christians in Upper Egypt last month, a defence lawyer said.

The assault in late May in Minya's El-Karm village was sparked by rumours that a Christian man was having an illicit relationship with a Muslim woman in a country where interfaith pairings are widely considered taboo.

Muslim villagers set ablaze seven Christian homes and assaulted the Christian man's elderly mother, parading her naked in public, the Coptic Orthodox Church said at the time.

Sixteen people had been arrested over the attack, three of whom were released on bail Monday. The court in Minya ordered on Tuesday eight others to be released on bail of EGP 10,000 each (approximately US 1,125), lawyer Magdi Raslan told Ahram Online.

Five others suspected of taking part in the violence are still detained while investigations are underway, Raslan added.

Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million, have persistently complained of discrimination and sectarian attacks in the predominantly Sunni Muslim country.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail pledged at the time to hold accountable perpetrators of the attack on Christians in the village. 

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Sam Enslow
28-06-2016 05:57pm
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A young man wears a 'No to Torture" T-shirt and can not be allowed bail, journalists cannot be allowed bail, demonstrators cannot be allowed bail. But burn down a few Christian homes and parade a nakedold lady through the streets -- . bail is not a problem? If Christians did the same to Muslims, what would happen? What are both Al Azar and the Copts doing to put an end to this nonsense? I would think 'men of God" would be active in stopping sectarian hatreds. Or have they abandoned the basic tenants of their faiths for political or power purposes? Maybe they forgot that one cannot serve two masters.
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Sam Enslow
29-06-2016 04:56pm
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I asked what would have happened if Christians had done these acts to Muslims. I aslo am questioning bail.
David Mortimer
29-06-2016 12:53am
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They burnt down these peoples houses and attacked them are you advocating this type of bahavious against a minority group if this haapened to a muslim in the UK there would be out rage to often christians are coming under attack in Muslim lands from the so called religion of Peace Islam ..
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