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ICC Note: Two other points of view on the release of Dr. Famhmy from Saudi Arabia
Egyptian Surgeon ‘Held Hostage’ by Saudi Government Released
Saudis Grant Exit Visa to Egyptian Christian Doctor

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (ANS) — The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC) — www.www.persecution.org – has told ANS that it has just learned that an Egyptian Christian surgeon that had been held captive by the Saudi government is on his way home after ICC publicized his story.
“We received confirmation today that he has landed in Cairo, Egypt, and is now with his family, thanks to many calls from concerned individuals to Saudi embassies around the world,” said a spokesperson for ICC.

Dr. Mamdooh Fahmy had been a surgeon at Albyaan Menfhoh Medical Center in Riyadh but had been removed from his position six months ago by the Muttawa (religious police) after it was discovered he was a Christian.

Below is his description of his arrest:

“On April 12, 2005, I had a surprise visit from three Saudi officials at work. Two were in civilian attire and one was a police officer. They informed me that they were from the morals policing organization [Muttawa]. They proceeded to insult me publicly before the staff and patients of the medical center. They confiscated my wallet, cell phone and keys. They handcuffed me, shacked [sic] my legs and dragged me to a waiting car, then proceeded to my residence.

“While the police officer and I remained in the vehicle, the two civilians raided my house, confiscating all written and published materials (books, notes, etc). I was then taken to the police station on where I was formally accused of being a Christian missionary and of consuming alcoholic beverages at work. I was placed in solitary confinement for five days. After my confinement they began the interrogation process. Each time I was questioned, I was cursed and insulted. The interrogator referred to me as ‘Infidel.”

A source close to the story said, “It is a miracle! I cried when I heard he was on the plane.”

Jeff King, ICC President, said, “We are thrilled at the news that Dr. Fahmy is back home with his family after being held hostage in Saudi Arabia for almost two years. This shows how important it is for western Christians to speak up for their persecuted brothers and sisters. It was thanks to everyone who called and pressured the Saudis that our brother is home. Keep him in prayer as he readjusts to life in Egypt , which is becoming increasingly hostile to Christians as well.”

Note: ICC is a Washington-DC based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC delivers humanitarian aid, trains and supports persecuted pastors, raises awareness in the US regarding the problem of persecution, and is an advocate for the persecuted on Capitol Hill and the State Department.

Christian Doctor Held “Hostage” in Saudi Kingdom Released

Dr Mamdooh Fahmy is back in Egypt . For two years Saudi authorities refused to let him leave the kingdom. Religious police had accused him of being a missionary had confiscated his passport. International campaign on his behalf led to his freedom.

Riyadh (AsiaNews) – A human rights group, the International Christian Concern (ICC), has announced that an Egyptian Christian medical doctor held “hostage” by the Saudi government is on his way home. The Washington-based group had organized a campaign in favor of his release.

“We received confirmation today that he has landed in Cairo , Egypt , and is now with his family,” an ICC spokesperson said.

A source close to the doctor called his return to Egypt a “miracle.”

In 2004 Dr Mamdooh Fahmy was a surgeon at Albyaan Menfhoh Medical Center in Riyadh . From the beginning of his employment he was insulted by his Muslim colleagues because he was Christian.

A year later he received a visited by Saudi Arabia ’s infamous Muttawa (religious police).

After his house was searched by Muttawa agents he was arrested and charged for being a Christian missionary and consuming alcoholic beverages.

After five days in solitary confinement he was released. Jobless, he tried to return to Egypt but Saudi authorities refused to return his passport and grant him an exit visa.

The Muttawa comes under the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. It is tasked with enforcing Sharia law against drinking alcohol, improper dress and all other “immoral” behaviours.

Religious freedom does not exist in Saudi Arabia . All religions other than Wahhabi Islam are banned, except when strictly practiced within the confines of the home.