Egypt's prosecutor general releases the last 23 Copts detained in Omraneya case

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Jan 2011

The last 23 accused in Omraneya violence will be acquitted, judicial source says

Demonstrators clashed with riot police in November following an order to halt construction on a Coptic community center

A judicial source said on Tuesday that Egypt's prosecutor general has ordered the release of the last 23 Copts detained in the Omraneya case.

Another 19 were released on December 25. 

In total, 133 people were detained following demonstrations that erupted when the government suspended construction on a church in the area of Omraneya. Charges included the attempted murder of police officers and the intentional sabotage of public facilities.

On November 24, fights broke out between hundreds of Copts and riot police after the construction of a service center inside a Church in Omraneya, Giza, was halted due to lack of proper building permits. The violence claimed two lives.


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