Suspects in Imbaba clashes referred to emergency court

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has referred Muslims and Copts implicated in Saturday's sectarian clashes in Cairo to the Emergency Supreme State Security Court, the state-run news agency MENA reported on Tuesday.

At least 12 Egyptians were killed and another 240 injured in clashes between Muslims and Copts in the low-income district of Imbaba. Angry Muslims allegedly set a church on fire following rumors that a Muslim convert was detained at the church.

Military sources accused members of former President Hosni Mubarak's regime of inciting the sectarian clashes.

The suspects will be referred to the Supreme State Security Court after all evidence has been gathered and legal steps taken, MENA reported.

Egyptian authorities said 190 people were arrested for involvement in the violence.

It is the deadliest incident since sectarian violence in Sayeda Aisha, Cairo, left nine people dead in March.

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