Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Christian rights workers detention extended by Egyptian government

On August 21, a state prosecutor at New Cairo’s State Security Investigation renewed the detention of two Christian rights workers, held without charge since their arrest on August 8, according to Compass Direct News.

Police detained Adel Fawzy Faltas and Peter Ezzat after they were involved in several controversial human rights cases, including that of Mohammed Hegazy, who made an unprecedented bid to have his conversion to Christianity legally recognized.

Police initially arrested Faltas and Ezzat on suspicion of insulting Islam, degrading Egypt’s reputation and converting Muslims to Christianity. During the investigation, state prosecutor Al-Faisal also considered charging the Christians with causing public agitation and possessing a gun with an expired license.

Al-Faisal refused to give a reason for his decision to hold the two Christians until early September.

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