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Case of Suspects in Bishop’s Murder Referred to Egypt Grand Mufti

Case of Suspects in Bishop’s Murder Referred to Egypt Grand Mufti

Saturday, 23 February, 2019 - 12:45
Police officers stand gaurd inside a court in Cairo, Egypt on July 28, 2018. (Reuters)
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An Egyptian court on Saturday referred a death sentence against two monks, accused of killing a bishop, to the country’s top religious authority for his opinion.

Coptic Bishop Epiphanius was found dead with a head wound in July at the Saint Macarius monastery in the plains of Wadi al-Natrun, northwest of Cairo.

Prosecutors said one of the monks Isaiah confessed to striking the abbot with a metal bar as the second monk Philotheos kept watch.

The Grand Mufti is required by law to give its legally non-binding opinion in cases of executions.

The court said the ruling will be officially issued on April 24.

In the wake of the bishop's killing, Egypt's Coptic Church placed a one-year moratorium on accepting new monks.

It also banned monks from social media, tightened financial controls and refocused attention on spiritual life.

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