Nineteen members of a Muslim mob that were found guilty of attacking an unlicensed church south of Cairo were given suspended sentences by an Egyptian court, reported the Associated Press.
The men were each given a one-year suspended sentence in a misdemeanor court. The incident happened when dozens of demonstrators stormed the church, destroyed its interior and assaulted the worshipers.
Meanwhile, the court fined the Coptic Christian who set up the church 360,000 Egyptian pounds (over $20,000).
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