Sohag court adjourned burning churches trial to May 20
burning of Mar Girguis Church - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: Sohag Criminal Court adjourned Monday the trial of 119 pro-Muslim Brotherhood on charges of burning Mar Girguis Church and inciting sectarian strife to May 20 to hear the prosecution witnesses, Youm7 reported.

The 119 defendants, 54 of whom are being tried in absentia, face charges of murder, attempted murder, burning police trucks, inciting violence, terrorizing citizens, burning the Sohag Archbishopric, attacking other Coptic churches, and using force to confront authorities.

During the session, the court asked the ambulance authority in Sohag to provide official documents that include the number of people who died and were injured during the clashes.

The case dates back to August 14 following the dispersal of the pro-Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda Squares in August 2013, which claimed the lives of hundreds.

The court also assigned technicians from Radio and Television Union to present a report regarding the details of footage and video clips that have been taken during the clashes, whether or not they date back to the day when the clashes erupted.

During the clashes, the defendants reportedly attempted to kill three people, premeditatedly killed 15 others, and looted public properties using firearms and machine guns.

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