5 Oct 2012

Christian children freed by court

10:19 am on 5 October 2012

A court in Egypt has ordered the release of two Coptic Christian children accused of insulting Islam.

AFP reports the prosecutor took the decision because the accused are minors.

Police arrested the children earlier this week after they were accused by residents of Beni Sewif in southern Egypt of insulting Islam by urinating on a paper containing verses of the Koran.

Nabil Naji Rizq, aged 10, and Mina Nadi Faraj, aged nine, were to have been held at a juvenile facility.

But Coptic lawyer Naguib Guebrail said President Mohamed Mursi had intervened to have the two children freed.

Christians comprise 6% - 10% of Egypt's population of 82 million.