EGYPT – Christian army recruit murdered four days after joining up

A 22-year-old Christian Egyptian army recruit was beaten to death on 20 July, hours after arriving at a new camp near Cairo, only four days into his military service. Joseph Reda Helmy’s body was found with serious bruises and signs of torture, according to a lawyer representing the family. Joseph had been planning to get married in October. Military police have detained three non-commissioned officers who are reported to have claimed that an officer ordered them to beat up Joseph; the family’s lawyer believes he was targeted because of his faith.

At least one year’s military service is mandatory for Egyptian men aged 18-30, unless they quality for an exemption

At least one year’s military service is mandatory for Egyptian men aged 18-30, unless they quality for an exemption

Following his murder, Joseph’s death was announced from the loudspeakers in mosques in his village, where he is said to have been well loved by both Christians and Muslims.

From Wataninet here

 

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