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Five Muslims given life sentences for murder of Coptic Christians

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-23

A Egyptian court in the southern Egyptian city of Luxor sentenced five men to life in prison for killing two Coptic Christians last April in a six-year-old family feud, a judicial source said.

AFP - An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced five Muslims to life in prison for killing two Christian men in a family blood-feud in Upper Egypt, a judicial source said.
  
The court in the southern city of Luxor found the men guilty of shooting two Coptic Christians in the town of Higaza last April in a feud between their two families that goes back to 2004.
  
Tensions between Muslims and Christians in southern Egypt were heightened last month after a drive-by shooting in the town of Nagaa Hammadi in which six Coptic Christians and a Muslim policeman were killed.
  
A state security court has since put on trial three Muslim suspects in the killings.
  
Copts account for between six and 10 percent of Egypt's 80-million population. They complain of systematic discrimination and marginalisation.

Date created : 2010-02-23

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