June 23, 2005
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Keith Roderick; 202-498-8644, email@example.com
Egyptian Government Targets Christian as Threat to National Security:
WASHINGTON – This week in Cairo, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized
El-Akkad, 46, was arrested on
After 45 days of incarceration, El-Akkad was transferred to Mazra'at Tora Prison in
"The Egyptian government has pledged to the international community that it will work for democratic reform, yet it continues to violate its own rule of law when it comes to Christians and the free exercise of conscience," says Fr. Keith Roderick, CSI's Washington Representative.
Amnesty International and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights have provided extensive documentation on the use of torture against those detained because of emergency legislation.
CSI is demanding the immediate release of Bahaa El-Din El-Akkad and an end to the Egyptian government's policy of targeting those who convert from Islam, apostates, as political prisoners.
El-Akkad is married and has three children. Prior to his conversion, he was associated with the Tabligh and Da'wa Committee in Al Telabiya. The movement, known for its propagation and preaching, began in