Egypt gives death sentence to killer of six Copts in 2010 Christmas

09:59, January 17, 2011      

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The State Security Court in the governorate of Qena ordered on Sunday death sentence to one of the attackers who killed six Copts and a Muslim in January 2010, according to a lawyer on the court.

The court ordered the death penalty to Hamam al-Kamony, 39, who was charged of killing six Copts and a Muslim policeman in Nagaa Hammady in south Egypt on Coptic Christmas Eve. While his two accomplices will be imprisoned until another session scheduled on Feb. 20.

The judge said al-Kamony's sentence would be referred to the Grand Mufti for confirmation. The referral of death sentences to the Grand Mufti is a procedural step that almost always results in confirmation of the sentence.

Three men in two cars fired on people randomly in Nagaa Hammady following a Coptic Christmas mass in 2010, which killed seven people and injured nine others.

An outrage and protests erupted among people across the country, against arbitrary measures and discrimination against Copts.

On New Year's Eve about 21 people died due to a blast aiming at a church located in Alexandria, north of Egypt.

Egyptian Christians which make up to 10 percent of its nearly 80 million population claim that they live under discrimination compared to the rest of the population.

Source: Xinhua
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