It has recently been reported that Bishoy Armia Boulous (formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy) is now enduring an overextended prison sentence with frequent assault.
According to Bishoy’s present lawyer, Karam Ghobriel, jailers at Tora Prison have been beating Bishoy several times a week and ruthlessly dragging him across a concrete floor. These jailers have been humiliating Bishoy in an apparent attempt to pressure him to renounce his faith.
When authorities were initially informed that Bishoy was trying to document Christian persecution, he was sentenced to imprisonment for “spreading false information” intended to “harm the public interest.” While his one-year sentence for this charge had expired in December, he still remains in detention.
Bishoy is also awaiting trial for a blasphemy charge in connection with his attempt to change the religious status of his ID card to Christian. His lawyer has filed a formal complaint about Bishoy’s mistreatment and ongoing detention to Egypt’s attorney general, Hasham Barakat.
Source: Release International
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