Please pray for our Egyptian brother Medhat Ishak who risks being detained indefinitely on a false charge of blasphemy.
Medhat, a 35-year-old from Minya, was arrested on August 7 for allegedly evangelising Muslims in a Cairo suburb. The day after his arrest, a judge amended the charge against Medhat to ‘defamation of a revealed religion’ and ordered him to be detained for a fortnight.
On Monday the detention order was extended for a further 15 days and Medhat’s lawyer, Rafik Rafaat, fears it could be extended indefinitely. Rafik believes that Muslim extremists are pressuring judges to crack down on Christian evangelists. Muslims in Egypt are allowed free rein to hand out religious literature in public, including Korans. Medhat’s next hearing is scheduled in about two weeks.
On July 11, three Christians were arrested in Alexandria for handing out bags of dried dates containing a statement about God’s love. All three were released on bail.
- Please pray that Medhat will be released and all charges against him dropped.
- Pray that no charges with be brought against the three believers arrested in Alexandria.
- Pray that the Egyptian authorities will do more to uphold religious liberties for all citizens, including the country’s Christian minority.
(Source: Morning Star News)
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