Egypt's court sets trial date for man accused of killing Coptic priest

Ahram Online , Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Oct 2017

Arch Priest Samaan Shehata

An Egyptian court has set November 11 as the date of the first trial hearing of a man charged with killing a Coptic priest and injuring another in Cairo last week, a judicial source told Ahram Online on Thursday.

The prosecution charged forty-year-old Ahmed El-Sonbaty with premeditated murder in the killing of Arch Priest Samaan Shehataa, who hailed from Beni Suef Governorate in Upper Egypt.

The defendant was arrested last Thursday on the same day of the attack, which took place in Al-Salam City, a satellite city north-east of Cairo.

The interior ministry has not commented on a possible motive behind the attack.

Evidence against the defendant includes a confession, witness statements, and forensic evidence, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA.

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