The victim, a 22-year-old nurse whose identity has been kept secret to protect her, told the court the “violent” attack – which took place in January – left her with deep wounds to her face and had forced her to flee her home town of Reims, France, with her so-called ‘infidel’ boyfriend.The young nurse said her cousins, aged 21 and 27, grabbed her by the hair, kicked and punched her, and verbally abused her during the alleged attack, before forcing her into their car. I didn’t want to go home, I wanted to be with my boyfriend.“We are not living in a jungle or a tribal society.It's incorrect for anyone to declare himself judge, police and ruler.” Mr Nasser denied the elderly woman was stripped naked, and accused the Muslim Brotherhood of “exploiting” the situation which, he said, was always going to be “sensitive” when it involved an alleged relationship between a Muslim and a Christian.The woman who was stripped naked was reported to be the mother of the man involved in the rumoured affair.
The pair were found guilty of assault and harassment after denying the charged.Christians only make up around 10 per cent of Egypt’s population, the majority being Muslim.And speaking in an uncharacteristically candid TV interview on Wednesday night, Minya’s most senior cleric Anba Makarios said the response if it had been a Muslim man having an affair with a Christian woman “would not have been anything like what happened”.I was most impressed with the power of her prayer life, but she also was a very bold witness for God. Ellen would not tell me but I would find out about her shutting herself away in her apartment for 14 days at a time to pray and fast, to do nothing but seek God during her vacation. I thought she was physically beautiful, but I knew that I needed somebody who was primarily spiritually strong because of what God had for me to do.I saw that marrying her would be a great, incredibly powerful enhancement of who I could be as a man of God.
The mob also burned down seven homes belonging to Christian families, according to an unusually outspoken statement issued by the local Orthodox Coptic church, after rumours circulated in the village that a Christian man was having a relationship with a Muslim woman.