Egyptian court grants divorce to woman behind sectarian clashes

Ahram Online, Sunday 26 Jun 2011

Abeer Talaat's story caused sectarian clashes, but an Egyptian court tied one of the loose ends by granting her divorce from her Coptic husband

Imbaba's woman Abir

Abeer Talaat, the Coptic woman who was behind the sectarian tension in the Cairo suburb of Imaba, was granted a divorce from her Coptic husband after he refused to convert to Islam.

Talaat, 25, filed a petition for a divorce on 20 March in the Family Court in the Kuweisna in the governorate of Menoufiya, where her husband lives. The case was postponed to 17 April then 26 June.

Talaat was allegedly held captive in the Mar Mina Church in Giza, which led Muslims to protest in front of the church. This lead to clashes, which left at least 12 dead and hundreds injured.

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