Thursday, February 10, 2005
Relatives of Slain N.J. Family of Four Speak Out for First Time in Washington, D.C. Press Conference
2/10/2005 1:35:00 PM
Contact: U.S. Copts Association, 202-737-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: http://www.copts.com
Relatives of the slain Armanious family of four will speak at their first press conference since the brutal murders on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. at the National Press Club's Zenger Room in Washington, D.C. U.S. Copts Association president Michael Meunier will join the Armanious family's relatives in addressing the investigation's status and expressing the family's point of view on the horrific crime. The family will also address erroneous reports circulated by some national and foreign media outlets. The family will be joined by friends of the Coptic-American community, including representatives of NGOs and human rights organizations.
Ayman Garas, the brother of victim of Amal Garas, will speak alongside Garas' brother-in-law Emad Fahmy and uncles Emil, Gameel, and Milad Garas. The family members will also discuss the case with lawmakers and government officials during their visit to Washington. "We feel it is extremely important that the public hear the Armanious family members' side of the story and we are pleased to help them express their point of view on this disturbing crime," said Meunier.
The bodies of the Coptic-American family, including father Hossam Armanious, 47, his wife Amal Garas, 37, and daughters Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8, were found bound and gagged with throats slashed in their Jersey City home in January. Hudson County prosecutors continue to explore several possible motives for the slayings, including retaliation by terrorists against Hossam Armanious, an outspoken advocate for Coptic Christian religious freedom in his native Egypt and a well-known leader of online ministry to the Muslim-American community.
The press conference will take place in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. at 3 p.m. EST.
The U.S. Copts Association, founded in 1996 and based in Washington D.C., advocates for democracy, religious freedom, and human rights in Egypt. The Association represents over 700,000 Egyptian Christians in the United States. U.S. Copts Association can be reached at http://www.copts.com and email@example.com .