Court orders first trial session on Giza church attack

The Al-Saf Misdemeanor Court imprisoned 15 defendants on Tuesday for another 15 days pending investigations over their attack against a church in the village of Kafr al-Waselen in Giza.

The court ordered the first session of the trial to be held on December 27 after the South Giza Prosecution referred the defendants to the court on charges of demolishing a church and igniting sectarian sedition.

The prosecution also referred a 14-year-old defendant to the prosecution for underaged persons.

The defendants denied their participation in the incident, saying that security forces arbitrarily arrested them.

A mob of hundreds stormed the church of al-Amir Tadros (Prince Tadros) on Friday in the village of Kafr al-Waselin. The mob chanted hostile slogans demanding the demolition of the church, before storming the site, Archbishop of Atfeeh said on Friday.

Sources said that the church is unlicensed and owned by a man called Eid Atteya, 63, and was not intended to be a place of worship.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm



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