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Maspero victims’ lawyers quit military trial of 3 conscripts citing bias

By Mennatallah Fouad Youssef CAIRO: Rights groups and lawyers representing the victims of the Maspero crackdown said Wednesday they withdrew from the ongoing military trial of the soldiers accused of running over protesters by armed personnel carriers last October. The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence …


Army APCs ran over protesters, killing 12 in Maspero, says NCHR

CAIRO: The fact-finding committee of the National Council on Human Rights (NCHR) said Wednesday that army forces used excessive violence by running over protesters with APCs, killing 12 and critically injuring five after "unknown civilians" attacked the Coptic protesters and the army personnel. "Those assailants could not be identified, but we described them as civilians …


Human Rights Watch warns against possible whitewash in Maspero probe

CAIRO: International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned of the Egyptian military’s intention to control the investigation into the use of force against unarmed Coptic demonstrators in front of Maspero on Oct. 9, saying that it “raises fears of a cover-up,” in a report released Tuesday. The report urged the Supreme Council of the …


Rights group warns of cover-up in Maspero killings

CAIRO: A leading international rights group has warned of a cover-up by the Egyptian military in the investigation of the killing of more than two dozen mostly Coptic Christian demonstrators in the deadliest single incident since the February overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. The New-York based Human Rights Watch called Tuesday for the independent investigation …


Pope Shenouda discusses Maspero clashes with Tantawy, intelligence chief

CAIRO: Pope Shenouda met Monday with head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Hussein Tantawy and Intelligence Chief Murad Mowafi to discuss the latest developments in the aftermath of the Maspero clashes. On Oct. 9, army forces violently crushed a mainly Coptic protest at Maspero, leaving 27 dead and …


Christians under siege in post-revolution Egypt

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: Egypt’s Coptic Christians have long felt like second-class citizens in their own country. Now many fear that the power vacuum left after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak is giving Muslim extremists free rein to torch churches and attack Coptic homes in the worst violence against the community in decades. An …


Thousands mourn victims of Maspero violence; church blames ‘infiltrators’

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: Egypt’s Orthodox Church called on Christians around the world to pray and fast for three days to mourn the martyrs of Sunday’s violence. The church’s Holy Synod condemned in a statement what it described as “an attack on Copts.” Deadly clashes between army forces and protesters resulted in the death of …


Death toll, injuries on the rise after Maspero march met with violence

By Reem Abdellatif, Amira Salah-Ahmed and Dalia Rabie CAIRO: Clashes between protesters and army forces turned fatal on Sunday, leaving at least 24 dead and 212 injured, according to Egypt’s health ministry, as violence escalated in central Cairo and the toll continued rising. A curfew was imposed in central Cairo and surrounding areas starting Oct. 10 …


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