Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Egyptian Christians detained for collecting money to rebuild church

Thirteen Christians were arrested Monday in Egypt for collecting donations to rebuild a church without a permit, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday, citing the group’s lawyer, Hani Hanna Soliman.

“The group, who work in a church in the southern city of Assiut, had been collecting money to rebuild a church in the town of Saqulta further south” the article says, adding: “They raised suspicion in Saqulta when they asked a local resident where the nearest church was. The resident called police fearing a possible terrorist attack on a church, Soliman said…After hours of investigation, the 13 were cleared of any terror related charges but were kept in detention for collecting donations without a valid permit, Soliman said.”

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