Egyptian Coptic liquor store owner’s killer faces execution

An image showing the man (C) who is accused of the killing the Coptic store owner in Alexandria. (Supplied)

Cairo - An Egyptian Muslim man has been sentenced to death after confessing to the murder of a Coptic Christian liquor store owner in Alexandria last month.

The 48-year-old suspect admitted to the killing and said he had no regrets, during the trial, in which he refused to hire a defense lawyer.

Explaining his motive, the suspect said he asked the victim to stop selling alcohol more than a year before the murder, but the victim refused.

The victim’s son, Tony Youssef, told Al that the defendant threatened he would kill him and all Copts because “he hates them”. And he added the suspect admitted he committed his crime based on extremist religious edicts he had heard on TV.

The suspect was arrested days after video footage of the attack spread on social media in January.

The video footage showed a bearded man slashing the victim’s throat twice with a knife from behind while the victim stood outside the shop.

The death sentence has been referred to the country’s grand mufti for a non-binding consultative opinion, once issued the court will then decide the defendant’s fate.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50