Egyptian family sentenced to 15 years in prison for becoming Christians

Hebrews 13:3

Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners,

and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

The Christian Post is reporting that a widowed mother and her 7 children changed their names from islamic to christian names and moved to a new town. Not only were they arrested and imprisoned for 15 years, but, the town clerks who gave them new identity cards were also sentenced to 5 years in prison. Apparently, when the woman married she was forced to change her religion to Islam, and after her husband’s death she converted back to her faith:

A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced a family of eight in Beni-Suef to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity and changing their place of residence. The court also sentenced seven employees in the local authority of Beni-Suef’s city of Beba to five years in prison.

The court, headed by Judge Ashraf abdel-Naby Shahin and Judge Tamer abdel-Rahman, sentenced Nadia Mohamed Ali and her children Mohab, Maged, Sherif, Amira, Amir, and Nancy Ahmed Mohamed abdel-Wahab to 15 years in prison.

The case dates from 2004 to 2006, when Nadia Mohamed Ali and her sons cooperated with seven employees to change their names on their identification cards to Christian names, in addition to changing their place of residence to Beni-Suef.

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