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Three Coptic brothers accused of killing sister, her husband and child for converting to Islam

Three Coptic brothers are arrested on suspicion of murdering their sister, her husband and five-year-old son, allegedly as punishment for her conversion to Islam

Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Apr 2011
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Three Coptic brothers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering their sister, her husband and five year-old son in what seems to be a sectarian hate crime.

The couple’s six year-old daughter, Nada, was the only survivor, even though she sustained neck wounds. The outrageous murder took place in the Cairo district of Boulaq Al-Dakrour.
    
Salwa Atallah, 33, converted to Islam over six years ago and reportedly that’s the reason why her siblings decided to finish her off, according to initial investigations.

Over the past few years Atallah’s three brothers, two manual labourers and a driver, paid regular visits to their sister without showing any signs of hostility.

Husband, Khaled Ibrahim, was still alive when the police arrived on the crime scene. He was rushed to Boulaq Al-Dakrour Hospital where he was pronounced dead after succumbing to his fatal injuries.

However, police say he was able to give a testimony before his demise at 48.

Ibrahim said his late wife’s younger brother Momen, 22, paid them a visit and stayed till the crack of dawn, before the other two arrived to carry out their murders.

Police have given the following transcript of Ibrahim's deathbed testimony:

“I was hesitant to open the door but he [Momen] told me ‘open it I am with you’” (meaning that he's got his back) said Ibrahim.

“I went to the kitchen to bring a knife to defend myself… when I opened the door my wife started to scream.”

“Her elder brother followed her to the bedroom while Raafat [third broteher] punched me in the face and stabbed me many times.”

“Momen also snatched my knife to stabbed me… I lost control, I tried to get up more than once but I was bleeding heavily.”

“After killing my wife, Raafat brought a scarf and wrapped it around my son’s neck. He squeezed till he died.”

The three men reportedly confessed their crime upon being held captive by neighbours.

Atallah converted to Islam on 15 March, 2005.

The crime is expected to contribute to sectarian tensions, which have been rampant in the southern province of Qena since the appointment of Christian Emad Mikhail as governor.

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Susan Head
26-04-2011 03:34pm
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sectarian hate crime
They should be ashamed of themselves,those who drag the name of a religion-be it Christian (Coptic)or Islaamic through the mud.I am a Christian and My Lord Jesus whom I follow would never sanction violence to punish somebody in my family for converting to another faith.I am not saying that I would be happy for them to convert,but surely we must leave all judgement on these matters to God, If there is anything to judge. our scriptures tell us to turn the other cheek,and not to return evil for evil.May God show the fanatics who are thinking of commiting violence that this cannot be the will of a God who is love. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believed in him should not perish but have eternal life" May God help you to see the truth.
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Politics not religion
25-04-2011 03:01pm
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same coverage
Same story yet different details:http://www.agi.it/english-version/world/elenco-notizie/201104242145-cro-ren1062-muslim_converts_turned_coptic_murdered_in_cairo
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