EGYPT: SENTENCED TO DEATH TO 19 FOR CHURCH ATTACK
January 31, 2018:
an Egyptian court sentenced 19 Muslim defendants to a suspended sentence of one year for attacking an unlicensed church south of Cairo. (Source: breaking112.com, 31/01/2018)
A verdict was handed down Wednesday at the Misdemeanor Court. The defendants will not have to serve prison time unless they are in trouble again. Separately, the Coptic Christian accused was fined 360,000 Egyptian pounds (about $ 20,383) for the construction of the unlicensed church.
The incident occurred on 22 December when dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the building and raided it. Destroyed the contents of the church and assaulted the Christians inside before the security forces arrived and dispersed them. The church in Giza outside the capital Cairo has not yet been punished by the state but has arrived for 15 years. Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's Muslim population.