Ten released pending trial for involvement in Cathedral clashes

El-Sayed Gamal El-DIn, Monday 29 Apr 2013

Suspects are accused of involvement in violence that occurred at Cairo's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral earlier this month

A misdemeanour court in Cairo ordered Monday the release pending trial of ten people who had been arrested at the clashes that erupted at Cairo’s St. Mark’s Coptic Cathedral on 7 April.

After the clashes, prosecutors announced that they had arrested a number of suspects, both Muslim and Christian, to investigate their possible involvement in the clashes.

Violence erupted at the church when unknown assailants attacked mourners as they exited the cathedral after a funeral for Copts killed in sectarian clashes in Qalioubiya, north of Cairo, a day before.

As the violence escalated, police fired teargas and birdshot directly into the cathedral compound. Two people died in the violence.

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