October 2, 2015
EGYPT – Bishoy Boulous left off prisoner pardon list
Among those officially pardoned by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi were two Al Jazeera journalists jailed after reporting unrest in 2013. Bishoy was detained for reporting attacks on churches in Upper Egypt but has now served his sentence; he should have been released in May (Prayer Alert, May 29).
Bishoy has also been charged with ‘blasphemy’ over his attempt to change his religious status on his ID card. His lawyer asserts that the time allotted for investigations into this charge has elapsed, and has filed a formal complaint with Egypt’s attorney general about Bishoy’s ill treatment and continued detention
Bishoy was raised as a Muslim and is also known by his former name, Mohamed Hegazy. He was arrested in December 2013 in Minya during a period of anti-Christian violence there. The security service claimed he was working for The Way TV, a US-based TV channel.
- Please pray for Bishoy’s release. Pray that he and his wife and children will know the Lord as their stronghold (Nahum 1:7).
- Please pray that the Egyptian Government will respond positively to Release’s #everyright petition calling for equal rights in practice for Christians. There’s still time to sign our petition here.
(Source: Release partners)
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The 35-year-old was arrested last month for allegedly evangelising Muslims. 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.
Last week the detention order was extended for a further 15 days and Medhat’s lawyer fears it could be extended indefinitely.
Praise God he was released today September 12th!
This month we are focusing on Egyptian Christian Medhat Ishak, who is currently detained in Egypt and needs your prayers and support. Arrested for handing out copies of the Bible, Medhat recently had his detention extended for a second time and a new charge added to his case.
Release is monitoring the case and will endeavour to keep you advised on Medhat’s situation as well as any action you can take to help him. Please pray that at his imminent court hearing all the charges will be dropped and that he will be released.
By praying for, supporting and writing to, and on behalf of, prisoners of faith you are fulfilling the biblical exhortation to ‘REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON’ (Hebrews 13:3).