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Egyptian criminal court sentences 20 people to ten years in prison over 2013 torching of a Giza church

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 20 Feb 2018
Giza church
Pro Morsi protesters stormed and set ablaze the church in Kerdasa district, Giza, on Aug. 14, 2013 (Photo: AP)

A Cairo criminal court has sentenced 20 people to ten years in prison over the torching of the Virgin Mary Church in the Kerdasa district of Giza governorate during violent incidents on 14 August 2013.

The prosecution in the case charged the defendants with joining an illegal group, possession of illegal arms, attempted murder, disrupting transportation and defying the authorities.

Churches across Egypt came under frenzied attack after security forces forcibly dispersed two Cairo protest camps held by supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood organization and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Augist 2013.

Egyptian authorities accused the Brotherhood of orchestrating dozens of attacks against churches across the country following the dispersal of their protest camps.

Hundreds of people were tried in the following years for involvement in the attacks on churches.

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