An Egyptian Coptic Christian Monk, identified only as Isaiah, has been executed by hanging on Sunday, for killing an Abbot Bishop of an ancient desert monastery in 2018.
A family member of the executed Monk said the family was called to inform them of the execution and to go and pick the corpse at the prison where he was hanged.
“We were told at 8am this morning that the execution took place in Damanhour prison and I am on my way to pick up the body,“ Hany Saad Tawadros, the monk’s brother said.
An Egyptian court had, last year, confirmed the death sentence for the Isaiah, whose original name is Wael Saad Tawadros, over the killing of Bishop Epiphanius while another monk convicted for his role in the crime was sentenced to life in prison.
Epiphanius, the Abbott of the Saint Macarius monastery, was found with a bleeding head wound after being bludgeoned to death in July 2018, in a case that shocked the Middle East’s largest religious minority.
Prosecutors said Isaiah confessed to beating the cleric with a metal bar while the second monk, Philotheos, kept watch.
Authorities blamed the killing on unspecified “differences” between the bishop and the two monks.
The church later defrocked the pair and placed a one-year moratorium on ordaining new monks.
Join the conversation
INVESTIGATION… Ten years after, communities count losses as AfDB, Cross River govt abandon road project
Ten years after the Cross River State government and African Development Bank (AFDB) jointly awarded the Yahe-Wanokom-Wanikade-Benue border road for...
INVESTIGATION….N.3bn down the drain: Why water projects for Enugu communities don’t work
In this concluding part, ARINZE CHIJIOKE talks about some of the projects that are serving the people and how various WASH programmes have failed to tackle...
INVESTIGATION…PARKVIEW ESTATE: Exclusive images of how billionaire property developer incurred Lagos govt‘s anger
Many have seen the demolished building, but not many know the circumstances that led to the teardown of the about...
INVESTIGATION… N.3bn down the drain, as Enugu communities suffer from dry taps
In November 2020, three organizations and the Enugu State government celebrated the completion of N300 million worth of projects that were expected...
INVESTIGATION… How herdsmen crisis compounds woes of already deprived Ogun communities
Earlier in January, the Nigerian media space was awash with reports of violence between herders and farmers across the country....