International Christian Concern | Dec. 19, 2018
Criminal charges are pending against Egyptian police officer Rabi Mustapha Khalifa after he shot and killed two Coptic Christians last week. The prosecution has charged him with premeditated murder while using his service weapon. The officer served as a church guard and thus was officially tasked with protecting the safety of Christians. The criminal charges were filed against him following a widespread international outcry and domestic protests.
According to Egyptian media, the police officer has now confessed to the crime but has not revealed a motive except that it was sparked following a verbal altercation. Initially, before the incident had gained widespread attention, the police claimed that the Christians tried to grab his gun during a fight.