Posted by: becketfund | May 14, 2009

Egypt: US Couple on Trial Over Attempted Adoption

CAIRO – An American couple, Iris Botros and Louis Andros, are on trial in Egypt for alleged child trafficking, the AP reported on May 14.  This is the first such trial in Egypt, and lawyers are unclear as to whether or not any laws were in fact broken. Under Islamic law, adoptions are forbidden, and therefore many government officials are resistant to it, believing it is not permitted.  Muslim conservatives, on the other hand, are opposed to adoption because they fear that Christians will adopt Muslim orphans and raise them as Christians.  Aameh Saleh, the Egyptian lawyer representing Botros and Andros, told the AP “I know so many people who adopted children in Egypt but they were all kept secret,” Gibrail said. The lack of a clear legal way for Christians to adopt “is pushing these people to forge documents. The state is pushing these people to commit a crime,” he said.

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