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Egypt frees jailed Coptic woman

ICC Note

Egyptian authorities freed a Coptic woman who was imprisoned because her father briefly became Muslim 45 years ago thereby resulting in converting her to Islam too.

1/14/2008 Egypt (The Peninsula) – Egypt ‘s attorney general yesterday ordered the release of a Coptic Christian woman jailed due to a mix-up over her religion after her father briefly converted to Islam more than 45 years ago, her lawyer said.

Shadia Nagui Ibrahim, 47, was sentenced to three years in prison after she listed her religion as Christian not knowing her father’s three-year term as a Muslim in 1962 made her official religion Islam.

Nagui Ibrahim left home when his daughter Shadia was two, converted to Islam but reconverted to Christianity and had his documents forged to change his religion back to its original.

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