Egypt: Defrocked monk charged with killing Coptic bishop

Hanging Coptic Church in old Cairo, Egypt Symbol copyright Getty Images Image caption Egypt’s Christian minority are mostly members of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Prosecutors in Egypt have charged a defrocked monk with the murder of a Coptic Christian Bishop at a wasteland monastery.

Bishop Epiphanius, SIXTY FOUR, used to be discovered useless in a pool of blood at Saint Macarius Monastery in Wadi Natroun, north-west of Cairo, on 29 July.

Wael Saad, who were a monk at the monastery, reportedly told prosecutors he used an iron pole to bludgeon the bishop to demise.

The conceivable cause is not but clear.

The homicide of Bishop Epiphanius surprised the Coptic Church, whose adherents make up about 10% of Egypt’s population.

Wael Saad, who as a monk was once referred to as Isaiah al-Makari, was once stripped of his non secular identify following the bishop’s demise.

The church first of all said it was because he had been investigated over long-standing violations of his duties.

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Prosecutors in Alexandria say he was officially charged on Friday and placed in detention pending further investigations.

In the wake of the bishop’s demise, the Coptic Church instituted a crackdown on clergy behaviour and iced over the recruitment of new clergymen for a year.

Monks have been ordered to near their social media debts and Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II additionally closed his reputable Fb page.

Correspondent say the measures counsel dissent throughout the Coptic Church that might be associated with the bishop’s homicide. The Church has no longer commented.

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