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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Egyptian couple given 10-year prison sentence in religious conversion case

Bolis Rezek-Allah, a Coptic Christian man, and Enas Yehya Adbel Aziz, a Muslim convert, were last week sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Egyptian court for falsifying marriage documents and acts of blasphemy, according to the Coptic Assembly of America.

In Egypt, it is illegal for a Muslim to convert to another religion; just as it is illegal for a non-Muslim man to marry a Muslim woman (Muslim men are allowed to marry indiscriminately). This left Rezek-Allah and Aziz stuck in a catch-22 situation forcing them to change Aziz’s stated religion and name on her marriage document. However, when the couple attempted to fly out of Egypt, police arrested and detained them, subjecting them to torture while in detention.

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