Advocacy Group Calls for Protest Following Raid on Christian Bookstore in Cairo

Advocacy Group Calls for Protest Following Raid on Christian Bookstore in Cairo

ICC Note

“Sending this letter is an important step Americans and Canadians can take to present a clear message to Egypt’s government that the sizable population of Christians in Egypt, estimated to comprise 8 to 10 percent of the population, should have the right to distribute and obtain Christian literature.”

Monday, 17 March 2008 Egypt (The Free Copts)-North Americans are urged to contact Egyptian consulates to express concern about a police raid on a Christian bookstore in Cairo, Egypt, said Jan Fletcher, executive director of Advocates For The Persecuted.

Egyptian police arrested Shenouda Armia Bakhait midday Saturday, March 15, confiscating books, compact discs, and issues of a newspaper read by Christians in Egypt . He was released Sunday night after posting bail in the amount of 500 EGP.

David Joseph, president of Advocates For The Persecuted, said, “At 12 noon, Cairo time, General Tarik Barakat, Lt. Assem Al Sherief, and eight undercover policemen stormed into the Nile Christian Book Shop. They spent two hours searching everything in the bookstore. Mr. Shenouda was interrogated for more than five hours by Mohamed Abou al Fetouh, a prosecutor, and Mohammed Issa, president of the court.”

“We posted a suggested letter we’d like to see sent to Egyptian consulates on our website at www.advocatesforthepersecuted.org,” said Fletcher. “Sending this letter is an important step Americans and Canadians can take to present a clear message to Egypt ‘s government that the sizable population of Christians in Egypt , estimated to comprise 8 to 10 percent of the population, should have the right to distribute and obtain Christian literature.

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