AFRICA/EGYPT - A Christian condemned to prison under the new anti-terrorism laws

Monday, 30 October 2017 middle east   human rights   terrorism  

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Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Andrew Nassif is the first Christian condemned to jail under the new laws laid down by the Egyptian government with the stated aim of countering terrorism. The conviction - according to Egyptian media - amounts to five years in prison. Nassif had been accused of inciting hatred and exalting the use of violence as a means of overthrowing the current Egyptian leadership. Nassif, a militant of Egyptian formation, critical against the government, according to the accusers, had spread slogans and subversive arguments directed against the Egyptian constitutional authorities through social media.
The young Christian was part of the list of 28 activists and bloggers arrested last May as supporters of eversive activities. He had been accused of holding and distributing leaflets of an association that fights in favor of freedom of thought and expression, and for having expressed on social media criticism towards the national judiciary as a real effort to violent uprising against the Egyptian State. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 30/10/2017)