Authorities discontinue investigation of 2 Copts killed at Giza liquor shop

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Giza Prosecution office on Sunday has ended investigations of the murder of two Copts at liquor shop in al-Omraniya during the start of the year.

The prosecution issued the notice of discontinuance  after investigations failed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The victims were brothers, Ashraf and Adel, who owned a spare parts store adjacent to the liquor shop.

The incident occurred when the two were helping liquor shop owner Raouf, 60, transfer a shipment of liquor from a vehicle into his store, according to Mohamed al-Saeed, a shop owner in the same area of the incident. Three armed men riding in a tuk-tuk then shot the victims in the early hours of January 1, before escaping toward the ring road, Saeed said.

Residents tried to help the victims, who died on their way to hospital.

The prosecution said that a team from National Security Agency and Public Security of the Interior Ministry has worked on the case and listened to testimonies of eyewitnesses over the past 7 months, but it didn’t produce solid information on the identities of the attackers.

The investigations found that the victims had fought with other people before the murder, however their family didn’t specifically accuse anybody.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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