Egyptian Christian who stabbed wife kills himself

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Associated Press

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 6:33 AM

ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian security officials say a Coptic Christian who stabbed his wife for converting to Islam has killed himself by jumping out of a fourth-story courthouse window.

The officials say Romany Amir committed suicide on Sunday as he was waiting to be interrogated by police at the main court in the southern city of Assiut. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media

Amir's wife remained in hospital in critical condition following the stabbing on Saturday.

Amir was buried later Sunday in his village near Assiut. The area is a stronghold of Islamists and mourners chanted slogans against them during the funeral.

Christians make up about 10 percent of Egypt's 90 million people and complain of discrimination by authorities.

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