Prosecutors in Egypt's central governorate of Minya have suspended investigations into an assault on a 70-year-old Coptic Christian woman, Suan Thabet, who was stripped naked and paraded in the streets by a Muslim mob last May.
The woman's lawyer - refer Egyptian sources
consulted by Agenzia Fides - announced that on Saturday, January 14 the
prosecutors cited "lack of sufficient evidence".
The old woman,
interviewed by a US-based Christian TV station said that she and her
family are unable to return home to this day because of threats by
Muslim extremists in the village.
The explosion of sectarian violence in Karm, which took place a few days
after the meeting in Rome between Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of
al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyib, had drawn the attention of public debate in
Egypt, especially for the violence and humiliations perpetrated against
the elderly lady.
The armed Muslim mob that assaulted the 70-year-old
woman also looted and torched seven Christian houses belonging to Copt
The attack on the woman followed a rumour that her son, an Egyptian
Copt, had an affair with a Muslim woman. Coptic Orthodox Patriarch
Tawadros II had issued a statement, which raised the possibility that
the facts in al Karm could be used to trigger a new spiral of sectarian
The same President Abdel Fattah al Sisi had appealed to the
competent government departments so that those responsible for the
violence in Karm were promptly identified and punished.
In the weeks
that followed the attack, at least 8 people were arrested among 14
suspects of having taken part in sectarian violence.