Christian students released by Egyptian authorities

By April 20, 2004

Egypt (MNN/BF) — Four Christian university students arrested in Egypt a few months ago have since been released.

The young men, Peter Kamel, Ishak Yessa, John Fokha, and Andrew Saeed, were on a trip to the Sinai region in January when they were arrested. They had with them their Bibles and various Christian tapes, which the Naweeba district police confiscated when they were arrested in their rooms at a hotel in the resort of Sharm El-Sheik. However, none of these materials were illegal and there was nothing found in their possession which would have justified their arrest.

They were charged with disturbing the national unity and threatening the social peace, a broad and vague charge commonly used in Egypt. Their detention was extended several times, with no trial date set. However, all charges against them have now been dropped.

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