Egypt's Copts make up between six and 10 percent of the country's 82 million people
Egyptian Christian Copts gather at the Bishoy Monastery in March 2012. An Egyptian court has ordered the release of two Coptic Christian children accused of insulting Islam, a source in the prosecutor's office says. © Khaled Desouki - AFP/File
Egypt's Copts make up between six and 10 percent of the country's 82 million people
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Last updated: October 4, 2012

Egypt court frees Christian children over Islam insult

An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release of two Coptic Christian children accused of insulting Islam, a source in the prosecutor's office said.

He told AFP that prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud took the decision because the accused, aged nine and 10, are minors.

Egyptian police arrested the two children earlier this week for insulting Islam by allegedly urinating on a paper containing verses of the Koran, a judicial official said on Wednesday.

Nabil Naji Rizq, 10, and Mina Nadi Faraj, nine, from Beni Sewif province in southern Egypt were held at a juvenile facility.

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