Posted by: becketfund | November 22, 2007

Egypt: Woman Jailed for “Misrepresenting” Religion

Agence France-Presse reports that Shadia Nagui Ibrahim, an Egyptian Christian, was sentenced to three years in jail on charges of fraud and “providing false information on official documents” for stating she was Christian on her marriage license in 1982. The charges stem from the fact that Egypt recognizes her as a Muslim due to the fact that her father had a brief conversion to Islam when Shadia was two years old, despite the fact that her father was living apart from the family at the time and that he later re-converted to Christianity. Egyptian children are obliged to take the religion of their father.

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