- January 10, 2010
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Pope Shenouda’s legal advisor calls for a release warrant to be issued for the arrest of Qena’s governor for neglect
Activists have filed appeals to General prosecutor Abdul Mageed Mahmoud demanding an investigation in the escalating incidents which have been developing targeting the Copts.
Various organizations have endorsed the challenging appeal including The Hesham Mubarak law centre and The Egyptian initiative for personal rights. The activists have accused the officials of failing to protect the citizens and in particular the Copts.
The organizations have called on authorities to listen to witnesses’ testimonies and to bring to trial those responsible for the killings of the innocent victims who were brutally murdered during the sporadic shooting. They stressed that previous violence have been aimed at the minority referring to incidents in Dairout, Farshut and the latest in Naga’a Hamadi.
Coptic lawyers have stressed that it is significant that these cases be brought to the attention on an international level highlighting that the minority sects have faced numerous harassments with no protection and this is a violation of human rights and freedom of belief. A campaign has been launched requesting the resignation of those responsible for neglect namely Governor Magdy Ayoub and Minister of Interior Habib el-Adly. The lawyers have also demanded that an immediate investigation committee be sent from parliament to assess the damages and situation at hand.
Protestors demonstrated in front of the Court house in Cairo yesterday denouncing and condemning the violent attacks. Among those demonstrating was MB MP Dr Mohamed Beltagy who deeply criticized the killings.
In a related context one of the Pope’s secretaries who chose to remain anonymous announced that the Pope has not alleged that he will remain confined to church stressing that the Pope is closely following the developments.