EGYPT: Awaiting Trial Years After Arrest

11 June 2024

Source: International Christian Concern

For more than two years, Egyptian authorities have held two Christian men without a trial.

Abdulbaqi Saeed Abdo and Nour Girgis were detained in late 2021 for their interactions with a Facebook group called ‘Al Abareen’, which means ‘to cross over’. The group supports new Christians who left Islam. Upon their arrest, Egyptian authorities attempted to link the men’s interactions with the page to terrorist activities.

During the last two years, authorities have moved the two men to multiple detention centres as their trials have been repeatedly postponed. Abdo and Girgis have been kept in poor living conditions and have had limited interaction with their families or legal counsel.

Abdo, a Yemeni refugee who is married with children, was charged with joining a terrorist group, having contempt for Islam, and discriminating against Islam. He suffers from heart and living conditions. In April, prison authorities denied him medical treatment for chest pains. He is currently being held at the 10th Ramadan Prison in Egypt.

Girgis, who was transferred to a terrorism unit and accused of leading Al Abareen, was charged with blaspheming Islam and discussing religious conversion online. He endured several interrogations, as well as emotional and physical torture.

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    Pray for them

    Pray that God would continue to sustain and strengthen Abdo and Girgis during their imprisonment. May they be comforted by the prayers of believers worldwide who grieve for their suffering.

    Pray that God would also comfort their families as they continue in life and faith. Ask God to continue providing for all their needs.

    Praise God for the Al Abareen page on social media. Pray that God would use this ministry to grow the Egyptian church and encourage many new believers to persevere in their faith.

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