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Egypt charges policeman in shooting of Christian

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An off-duty policeman was charged on Thursday with the murder of a Christian man and could face the death sentence for premeditated murder, the Washington Post reports.

1/13/2011 Egypt (AP) – Egypt’s prosecutor general has charged an off-duty policeman in the killing of a Christian man on a train this week and referred the case to trial.

The prosecutor’s office said in a statement Thursday that Amer Ashour Abdel-Zaher faces several charges, the most serious of which is premeditated murder. He could face the death sentence, if convicted.

The 23-year-old Abdel-Zaher was off-duty when he boarded a Cairo-bound train in the town of Samalout in southern Egypt Tuesday and opened fire, killing a 71-year-old Christian man and wounding his wife and four others.

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