Saturday, March 26, 2011
Muslims Attack Christian in Egypt, Cut Off His Ear
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
EGYPT (ANS) -- A group of Muslims attacked Ayman Anwar Mitri, a Christian Coptic man in the Upper Egyptian town of Qena, cutting off his ear.
According to a story by Mary Abdelmassih of the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA), the Muslims claimed they were applying Sharia law because Mitri, 45, allegedly had an affair with a Muslim woman.
The Muslims called the police and told them “We have applied the law of Allah, now come and apply your law,” according to Mitri in an interview for the Egyptian Human Rights Organization.
Mitri, a low grade administrator at a secondary school, from elHasweya, in Qena, 492 KM from Cairo, had rented his apartment to two Muslim sisters, Abeer and Sabrin Saif Al-Nasr, through an agent. After nine months he learned the sisters had been indicted for prostitution, so he asked them to leave and they did.
On March 20, Mitri was informed by a friend calling him at 4 AM that the apartment where the Muslim sisters lived was on fire. As a result, he went there. While waiting in the torched apartment, a Muslim named Alaa el Sunni came and berated him for renting his flat to prostitutes.
“I tried to calm him down,’ AINA reported Mitri said, “and told him I knew nothing about the two women since they came through an agent.”
AINA reported Alaa suggested they go somewhere quiet to settle the misunderstanding. They went to the apartment of Mitri's friend Khaled, a police officer, where 12 Muslims were waiting for him. They started beating him and saying, “We will teach you a lesson, Christian, “This serves your right for renting your property to prostitutes.”
AINA said believing the situation was resolved, they asked him to call one of the Muslim women, so that they could send her to her father. When the woman refused to come, they asked a female Muslim neighbor to call her, saying that her belongings were with her. The woman, Sabrin, came and was told to say that she had a relationship with Mitri. “At first the woman refused, but after being beaten, she agreed,” said Mitri.
Remembering his ordeal, AINA reported he said they sat him on a chair and a Muslim named elHusseiny cut his right ear off.
He said, “I felt so shocked that I do not even know what tool he used.” They also made a 10cm cut at the back of his neck, cut his other ear, his face and his arm.
AINA reported Mitri said they wanted to throw him off the fifth floor but Khaled objected, saying he would get into trouble for just being there, since he is a policeman.
Mitri said that the Muslims tried to convert him to Islam, but he refused. AINA reported he said the Muslims then called the police and told them to come and get the Copt saying, “We have applied the law of Allah, now come and apply your civil law.”
The police came and rescued Mitri and Sabrin, who told the police the Muslims forced her to lie about the illicit relationship between her and Mitri. A police report was issued, but no arrests were made.
“I feel humiliated and broken,” AINA reported Mitri said. “I have lost the income from the torched (apartment), my car, and have become disfigured. Who is going to restore my honor?”
His wife said in an interview that she is ashamed to go to work and feels very unsafe. She is afraid to let the children go to school and is hoping to leave the area.
AINA reported Mitri initially said he wanted full compensation for his losses and revenge by cutting off the ear of the Muslim who cut his ear off.
However, it was reported that a “reconciliation” meeting was made in the presence of Colonel Ahmed Masood, Vice military ruler of Qena, whereby Ayman Mitri and the Muslims came to an “agreement.” Mitri had to withdraw the police report he filed against the Muslims.
AINA said Mitri appeared on the Coptic TV channel CTV, where he was asked about the reason he agreed to reconcile and forfeit his rights. Mitri said while sobbing, “I was threatened; they threatened to kidnap the female children in our family.”
According to AINA, Anba Kirollos, Bishop of Nag Hammadi, called on the armed forces to intervene and put an end to this “thuggery in the name of religion,” so that this “infection” does not spread to other areas. He said if thuggery is put above the law, the dignity and prestige of the State would be lost.
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