69 Muslims get life for torching church in Egypt

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Egyptian Copts rally near Saints Church in Alexandria on 14 April 2006 (AFP)

Egyptian Copts rally near Saints Church in Alexandria on 14 April 2006 (AFP)

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69 get life for torching church in Egypt

#EgyptTurmoil

Egypt’s Copts say they have witnessed a systematic campaign against them in the aftermath of Morsi’s ouster.

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An Egyptian court Wednesday jailed 69 Islamists for life for torching a church near Cairo in August 2013, as anger flared over a crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The Coptic church was set on fire and a police station was attacked when violence erupted in the town of Kerdasa on 14 August that year, after hundreds of Morsi supporters died in a crackdown on two protest camps in the capital the same day.

The court also sentenced two minors to 10 years in jail in the same case. A life term in Egypt amounts to 25 years in jail.

The defendants were found guilty of “setting the church…

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